Re "Citizen reporters can't fill role of true journalists" (Forum, June 24): Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts bemoans the decline in circulation of daily newspapers across the country. He notes, "the function served by daily newspaper journalism is critical to the very maintenance of democracy."
With this point he is right on. However, many newspapers ceased being sources of information and became advocates for one side of the political spectrum. I contend it is content, or lack therof, that has caused the decline of circulation in major city newspapers.
When newspapers present only one side of an issue, they immediately close themselves off to a wider audience.
If you do that for long enough, you lose that audience altogether. There are simply other alternatives where one can get the news without the political bias present in so many newspapers.
If Mr. Pitts were to stick to the who, what, when, where, why and how of Journalism 101, the audience will be there.
-- Joe Sinner, Granite Bay
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