Within the first week of me moving to Little Rock an argument has broken out over the effectiveness of online media between a local tv reporter, Kristin Fisher, who has started a not necessarily innovative choose your news feature on the nightly news and curmudgeon newspaper columnist, John Brummett.
Brummett started the argument with a couple columns that are syndicated in smaller newspapers throughout Arkansas by the Arkansas News Bureau. The first column challenged Choose Your News directly and the second column made fun of Fisher’s standing as a journalist and took on online media as a whole.
If you’ve read my blog, you’ll understand my position on the whole debate– I really don’t want to get into the middle of it either, since I have just spent the past 11 months living it. I do believe it’s unfortunate that Brummett has taken such an abusive stand on this issue. You think he would have gotten the idea that print was dying when his very own newspaper collapsed beneath him in 1991.