Sunday, February 1, 2009

French Newspaper Response

I like President Nicolas Sarkozy's idea of giving out a free subscription to French youths on their 18th birthday. It's a great idea, and I think it would definitely help get more young people to read the newspaper and stay up to date with their current events. Although this is an idea that may work effectively in one country, I do not believe it would work well in America.

Sarkozy states, "It is indeed (the state's) responsibility ... to make sure an independent, free and pluralistic press exists." Yes, we have freedom of the press and 'congress shall make no law abridging' that freedom. If we were to take on Sarkozy's idea and make the government become more responsible for newspaper production in America, this would also mean that many of our freedoms as journalists would probably be taken away as well. I think a lot of conflict would arise and we would not have the ability to publish a lot of the stories/opinions we are able to do in the present.

I do not think the government needs to bail out the news media. Print media may be declining, but that just goes to show that something needs to change, or we need to find new and creative ways to pick up readership across the country. It's hard to decide what will happen, especially with all of our new technology and the internet, but we just have to work hard as journalists in order to avoid anymore decline in our readership.

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