Old and New Media Clash At Senate Hearing on Future of Newspapers

So the U.S. Senate held a hearing recently on the future of newspapers, which these days is about as oxymoronic a subject heading as you’re likely to find. There was the predictable new media/old media split between Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post proclaiming the virtues of the brave new world of online journalism, and James Moroney, publisher of the beleaguered (what paper isn’t?) Dallas Morning News, bemoaning the current state of affairs.

But the most alarming and yet ultimately inspiring testimony came from David Simon, an ex-Baltimore newspaperman who drew upon his experiences as an ink-stained city reporter to produce the acclaimed series “The Wire.”