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Letter: Why produce good journalism and journalists?

Published November 12, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Terry Orme, editor and publisher of the Salt Lake Tribune, states in a column that debate "on the future of journalism is critical" ("Debate on journalism's future is worth having," Tribune, Nov. 2). I heartily agree. Such a debate should address all print media, newspapers and certain magazines.

Interest in quality journalism varies from person to person and with regard to the nature of the publication at issue. Even broccoli has it better. Some people won't taste it, others force themselves to eat small amounts, while there are some more than willing to share it with others.

Good journalism seems to dwindle like an endangered species. It cannot be relegated to leftover status, discarded like old rags or just become yesterday's fish wrap. The $64,000 question remains: Why produce good journalism and journalists while facing those challenges?

J. Steven Eklund

Salt Lake City