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Kind of Pathetic Plea: Daily Planet Needs Money, Not Afraid to Admit It

Posted By Ruby Elizabeth Lee On Feb 3, 2009 @ 8:56 am In News | Comments Disabled

229755030_ad34424785-1So, as you may or may not know, we here at the Clog are actually part of the Daily Cal [1]: consider us the bratty back-talking teenage child of our older, wiser, drier parental.  As much as we’d like to pretend we know it all (and we’re not refuting this), we still need a news source to actually build all of our snarky brilliance upon. That’s right, even the indie tee-wearing teen with copious amounts of piercings who listens to underground techno on over-sized headphones eventually goes back to his parents to ask for money.

So basically that ubiquitous “Journalism is a failing industry” line that we’ve been hearing around kind of concerns us. Not enough to actually stop us from making fun of the industry or those who suffer because of it, of course, but hey, showing a gesture of concern is about as best as you’re going to get from us here at the Clog. And it seems that every publication has been affected, including our less attractive counterpart, the Berkeley Daily Planet.

In a recent editorial, the Planet broke down for us all of its financial funding issues and all but got down on its hands and knees begging us to become contributors to its “Fund for Local Reporting,” a personal contribution system a la NPR, where sponsors are listed and recognized for their generosity. They also suggested a form of “Community Supported Journalism,” along the lines of “Community Supported Agriculture.” Say what?

The article also defines bottom feeders like us as “aggregators,” the kind of snarky sites that gather up news reported elsewhere and repackage it that many are finding preferable to other news sites. But if  news sources are on the decline, where will aggregators like us turn for material?

Image Source: two stout monks [2] under Creative Commons
Community-Supported Journalism: Is It Sustainable? [Berkeley Daily Planet [3]]

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[1] Daily Cal: http://www.dailycal.org/

[2] two stout monks: http://flickr.com/photos/twostoutmonks/229755030/

[3] Berkeley Daily Planet: http://www.berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2009-01-29/article/32099?headline=Community-Supported-Journalism-Is-It-Sustainable-

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