So I posted Mr. Quast’s photos of net he found on the website yesterday. It was full of fish in various states of decompostion, some still fresh, indicating that the net had been snagging fish for the weeks it was lost.
So there it is.
It’s an interesting time to be in journalism. This net and the pictures are the talk of the Internet walleye chatrooms, so if we don’t post it, it’s like we’re pretending it doesn’t exist. On the other hand, posting it may indicate some sort of position on the issue to some of our readers.
News organizations with their standards of accuracy, fairness, balance and some measure of objectivity are in direct competition with blogs and websites and chatrooms that are all about the controversy, the sensationalism, the knock-down drag-out fights.
Who’s winning? Well, newspapers are going bankrupt, firing staff, downsizing left and right. We’ll need to adapt somehow, perhaps by adopting some of the attitude, some of the controversy of the Web while holding on to our standards.