What Role Will Alt-Weeklies Play in the Future of Journalism?

february 10, 2009  12:35 pm
In an all-star panel of journalism experts discussing the industry's future on the New York Times website, several people point to alt-weeklies as having an important role going forward. Columbia University Journalism School dean Nicholas Lemann says that alt-weeklies are one type of organization that will fill "the gap in independent reporting on matters of public importance left by ailing newspapers." Meanwhile, Arizona State University journalism professor Rick Rodriguez thinks that alt-weeklies, along with ethnic media, "mostly will survive, and possibly even thrive by specializing in coverage of fields like entertainment or local politics."