San Jose Mercury News – Takahashi: In tribute to those who served the paper

San Jose Mercury News – Takahashi: In tribute to those who served the paper:

SJ Mercury News columnist Dean Takahashi writes eloquently about the personal impact of the changes overtaking the newspaper industry. If half the people in the newsroom are as forward looking as Dean, the newspaper will be just fine (although it may look very different) for the next generation.

A few quotes from his article below:

“We’re the newspaper of Silicon Valley. Here, we are paid to keep our ears to the railroad tracks. We listen for what’s new and we write about it before you read about it elsewhere.

And I can cover this place better than someone in a low-cost country, theoretically speaking. That means whoever treats the valley as their home turf will have a community to cover and a built-in audience to support it.

I’m not sure anyone has the answers to give us enough direction to tailor our product to your needs. But if you’ve got ideas on this front, please post them here or send them to me at dtakahashi@mercurynews.com. For those of you who keep reading us, thanks. We’re trying hard to change, but I hope it’s not like taking the stripes off a zebra.”

Keep fighting Dean.

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