It’s a tough time for the media industry. Over the last couple of months, we watched as Postmedia slashed nearly 100 jobs across Canada, Rogers cut another 200 positions, and the Guelph Mercury, one of Metroland Media’s three daily newspapers, ceased publication after almost 150 years of operation. This all comes after Hamilton’s own CHCH cut nearly 130 positions and began restructuring in December. Meanwhile, Google just officially claimed the title of the world’s most valuable company. Clearly, the industry of ads and information has changed.
While I’m not going to join the chorus of lament for the “good old days” of the once-mighty industry, I do think that it’s important to acknowledge the value of what we’re losing. Well-funded bureaus, investigative reporting, respected thought leaders, collaborative editorial boards, and so much more. The media and methods may change, but the gathering, producing, and sharing of quality ideas and information must be celebrated and sustained.