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The Wire’s Simon Explains Demise of Great Newspapers

I am a day late in coming to this, partly because I am a year behind in watching the HBO series the Wire and am afraid to read too much for fear of destroying the impact of watching year four. However, David Simon, a Baltimore Sun reporter from 1983-95, and now executive producer of “The Wire,” has a must read essay in the Washington Post with related commentary that links from Romenesko.

 Key point after living through many of the Baltimore Sun’s various transitional periods:

at no point in the transition from one to the other did anyone seriously consider the true cost of building something comprehensive, essential and great.

Hence there is nothing of value for which people are willing to pay.

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