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Long-form journalism is the future of print

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NEW YORK - Journalism is in trouble. Writers of articles pointing this out typically argue that this is really bad for democracy or America or whatever. Anyone who disagrees is too stupid to read this so I won’t bother to repeat this obviousness. Such writers also point out contemporaneous evidence of the media apocalypse; here are the three I came across recently.

One — 1,800 local newspapers have gone out of business in the last 15 years. Since print newspapers generate 90 percent of stories that appear on radio, TV and online, that’s a big loss.

Two — the New Orleans Times-Picayune has closed. This is notable because it’s the first time in memory that a major city’s single major daily (OK, thrice weekly in recent years) has vanished. Its smaller Baton Rouge-based competitor remains, but now it’s easy to imagine a real city having no daily paper whatsoever.

Three — The influential and notably right-before-anyone-else investor Warren Buffett used to believe in newspapers enough that he bought some. No more. Now he says the only viable print papers are the national mega-papers The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. (Disclosure: I write op-eds for The Journal.)

At the same time, the Mueller report was a best-selling book. A print book.

You can read it for free online, so why would anyone pay for the Mueller report? For the same........

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