This last week CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, spoke to the American Society of News Editors about the future of newspapers and he believes that they can make money together. Was he just pandering to the crowd or did have have some big ideas that Google is working on to help traditional media rise to the surface above the noise of bloggers everywhere? It may have been both for all I know, but I suspect the recent news about the demise of newspapers and the complaints from people like Ruppert Murdoch have indicated that there is a significant issue.
"There is an art to what you do," he said to the real journalists. "And if you're ever confused as to the value of newspaper editors, look at the blog world. That's all you need to see. So we understand how fundamental tradition and the things you care about are." – via Read Write Web
I wish bloggers would use a little more common sense than calling all of the villagers to bring pitch forks and torches. Anyone that spends a decent amount of time on the web will easily attest to the fact that bloggers are not reliable news sources and are not held to the same standards of reporting that we have come to expect from traditional journalists. That isn't to say that the entire blogging community is worthless and I don't believe that is what Schmidt is referring to here. Surely he is excluding sites like Huffington Post or The Daily Caller or True/Slant. One thing that I have found in the blogs I follow is a lack of standards when it comes to being a journalist vs a hard headed but good writer. They aren't the same thing and I suspect as blogs continue to fail in painting the "big picture" accurately people will realize that true reporting is handled best by professionals that are dedicated to preserving a higher standard.