Or maybe not.
Via the Atlantic, John Heltman passes on his surprising discovery:
There are still droves of reporters digging into the doings of the federal government, writing their findings up, and earning a living, despite what we all know about the newspaper business. What's going on?
Heltman, who writes for the Water Policy Report, a division of Inside EPA news wire, explains:
Who is buying the "paywall press"?
Heltman describes this media environment in classic "one the one hand ... on the other hand" fashion. Paywall reporters for trade publications are not captives of the consumers of their product, so he insists. Since their product is not available to the non-paying public, it is impossible for ordinary mortals to evaluate that assessment. Big stories uncovered by these niche journalists do eventually see the light in the public press -- except when they don't. Hellman could have used an editor who excised or tightened some of this rambling, but perhaps editors in general access publications are becoming as scarce as reporters?
Yet he's on to something. The profession of news gathering still apparently exists and profitably at that. But, like everything else, its more significant expressions are becoming the exclusive preserve of the One Percent. Democracy needs what media gadfly Jay Rosen calls a "public service press." Going, going, gone ...?