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Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Indispensable journalism

The drop in sales at many print media will lead to several closures this year, Lluís Bassets, deputy editor of the daily El País predicts in his blog. But he insists that quality journalism must live on and make greater use of the new technologies: "I have already written that this year I will have frequent occasion to write about journalism. All that is happening now confirms this and moves me to mention a few ideas I will expand on later: This [journalism] is an indispensable task. Perhaps print newspapers will disappear, but we journalists must not give up. Journalism is more important than ever in this period of crisis and change. And the new technologies must not be allowed to become a hindrance but must be turned into efficient tools in our hands. This is not about protecting a guild or an old profession that represents a special craft. It's about democracy and [informed] citizens."

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