Tough times are getting tougher, and Charlotte, NC won't escape unscarred. The Charlotte Observer cut 14% of its staff today.
I have two main thoughts on this, both of them very emotional. The first is that newspapers and a robust independent press are vital to a free society. Even in the relatively frivolous field of sports, which still matter deeply to millions of Americans, the press performs a vital function shining a light on the proceedings and holding everyone accountable.
The second thought is that:
When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to.
At some point, those who deny the revolution's existence will come face to face with its reality. It will be painful, because if you're not figuring out how to live and work under the new rules, you're becoming irrelevant.
UPDATE: Mike Persinger, the Observer's Executive Sports Editor, just got back to me, and he says there should be little change to Bobcats and NBA coverage. That does leave open that there will be change.