What I've read today:
- Scott St. Clair says we career journalists shouldn't get too worked up about emerging news sources such as the blogosphere — "untidy, often mean and undisciplined, and bereft of quality control." Newspapers like William Randolph Hearst's began that way. "While we see precipitous decline in the traditional newsprint and ink publication," St. Clair writes, "we also see an influx of electronic news and information portals such that anyone with a terminal has access to more news and commentary than at any time in history. The message isn’t dead, just one particular medium that delivered it." (Crosscut)
- The Seattle Times is officially displeased with the New York Times Co.'s decision to welcome an investment by the richest man in Mexico, although as one commenter points out the local Times would no doubt welcome similar help.
- Bill Richards looks at what's playing in Peoria, Ill. — a low-profit resuscitation of the local daily newspaper. People involved there will be at the meeting tomorrow hosted by Seattle City Council member Nick Licata.
- And from the Department of Meta, the book Wikipedia: The Missing Manual will in the future be found — on Wikipedia.