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Whistling past the graveyard

When I graduated from college nearly two years ago I couldn't have imagined that one day I'd be working as a Web producer, much less at a radio station. I simply wanted to write.

While that desire still exists within me, the landscape of the news media has changed quite dramatically during my foray into the industry. So while I scramble to keep abreast of how technical advancements are driving the way news is broadcast and published, there's also not much comfort in knowing many editors, producers and publishers are playing catch-up, too.

A rather novel proposal to start charging visitors to The New York Times Web site is seen as a "gamble" by some. View a video of what some people think of paywalls, some of which I can relate to:

Another proposed solution comes from the two co-authors of a recently released book, "The Death and Life of American Journalism."

The title alone is hardly inspirational, and the authors' proposition that $30 billion in subsidies be used to keep journalism afloat in the digital age also seems to have found its detractors, including one book reviewer who summarizes the authors' proposal as "an interesting set of dreams."

My opinion? There's no end to what people will do to get at the Truth. Yes, even pay good money. Upstarts such as ProPublica are just one example of how a discerning demand for content can be met.

Interestingly, in my newfound role here at KPCC there is a chance for me to witness one of the industry's more personal and intimate pleas to help keep journalism alive: the ubiquitous pledge drive!