FROM John Carroll
Is the Newspaper Industry Stumbling? Crumbling? Newspapers are shedding staff and reducing services, just like other industries, but even if the economy picks up, they may not bounce back. Tumbling ad revenues and stockholders hungry for profit are creating a familiar scenario, but the Internet is what's making things different. Major papers in New York, Washington and Los Angeles give readers national and international perspective. Local papers keep watch on business interests and City Hall. Will technology lead to the erosion of institutional memory and professional standards?
Will the LA Times Be Sold or Allowed to Just Fade Away? Five and a half years, the Chicago Tribune Company has cut more than 200 newsroom jobs from the Los Angeles Times , reducing the staff to about 900 people. Now Tribune wants to cut more. Last week, Times editor Dean Baquet went public with his refusal in an article in the paper itself. More remarkably, he was joined by publisher Jeff Johnson, who supposedly was sent out from Chicago to keep things in line. At the same time, a group of 20 prominent civic leaders have asked Tribune to beef up the staff or sell the paper. Is the Times uniquely important to Southern California’s culture and its sense of itself or just another assent in an faltering business?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?