Like it or not, both the publishing and media industries are undergoing seismic changes as they confront the digital future.
At last weekend’s LAT Fest of Books packed media panel, moderator James Rainey was in the unfortunate position of having to defend the establishment–his own LAT, the NYT and the WSJ–against the brave new journalism of the online world. Arrayed on that side were Andrew Donahoe of non-profit muckraking online Voice of San Diego, Marc Cooper of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, and editrixes Sharon Waxman of The Wrap and Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post.
Maybe it‚Äôs because I‚Äôm staying at the Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard, but I keep thinking of newspapers as Norma Desmond.
Papers are still big. It‚Äôs the screens that got small.