Who Will Cover the End of the World?

By Keith Kloor | May 21, 2009 10:53 am

There are two competing apocalypse narratives in the media today: one concerns global warming and the other journalism.

I tend to shrug off the former (enough things about this world already bum me out and besides, plenty of people already carry that catastrophe torch), but I’m on board with the latter.

So is Sy Hersh, who recently told students at Boston University that the “game’s over” for newspapers. Hersh, whose own endurance is remarkable, added,

it’s not just the end of journalism, it’s the end of democracy. And that’s not an exaggeration.

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About Keith Kloor

Keith Kloor is a NYC-based journalist, and an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University. His work has appeared in Slate, Science, Discover, and the Washington Post magazine, among other outlets. From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior editor at Audubon Magazine. In 2008-2009, he was a Fellow at the University of Colorado’s Center for Environmental Journalism, in Boulder, where he studied how a changing environment (including climate change) influenced prehistoric societies in the U.S. Southwest. He covers a wide range of topics, from conservation biology and biotechnology to urban planning and archaeology.

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