Spiral bound: Falling papers push Baliles to action
Calling the current financial plight of newspapers "disturbing," the head of UVA's Miller Center, Gerald Baliles, has announced that the Center will convene a symposium on the future of the industry. Specifically, Baliles said the Center hopes to discover how the shrinkage of newspaper reporting, which typically leads the coverage that follows in broadcast media, will affect government.
"Certainly, the business model is strained," said Baliles, "and we don't know what will replace it."
Baliles, a former Virginia governor, made his remarks Friday, March 20, after accepting an award as "Virginian of the Year" from the Virginia Press Association during the group's annual–- but, this year, shrunken–- convention.
"This is a celebratory evening, or should be," said Baliles.
Earlier in the day, during another Association event, the business news editor for the Associated Press was asked how the struggling industry should save itself.
"I wish I knew," said the AP's Fred Monyak. "It's as broken as the banking industry."