Rob Curley posts the transcript of an interview he did with an Italian news paper. Here’s something to ponder:
One of my favorite quotes about the future of journalism was said nearly 75 years ago by the publisher of small daily newspaper in rural Kansas. His name was William Allen White, and he was hugely influential publisher in the United States during his time …
Look at this quote from him that he wrote in a personal letter back in 1931:
â€œOf course as long as man lives someone will have to fill the heraldâ€™s place. Someone will have to do the bellringerâ€™s work. Someone will have to tell the story of the dayâ€™s news and the yearâ€™s happenings. A reporter is perennial under many names and will persist with humanity. But whether the reporterâ€™s story will be printed in types upon a press, I donâ€™t know. I seriously doubt it. I think most of the machinery now employed in printing the dayâ€™s, the weekâ€™s, or the monthâ€™s doings will be junked by the end of this century and will be as archaic as the bellringerâ€™s bell, or the heraldâ€™s trumpet. New methods of communication I think will supercede the old.â€?
What that quote from William Allen White shows me is that a publisher from generations ago knew more precisely what our industry is about then many of his modern counterparts.