CJR’s running total of journalists laid off or bought out since January 2007 was 11,240 by mid-February, and we surely missed some. Our fear is that America won’t realize what it has lost until the press is a ninety-pound weakling—online, on paper, whatever. We see some faint reasons for hope. There is great and healthy innovation and ferment, both outside and inside the mainstream media, as journalists and engaged citizens collectively search for an economic support system for reporting. Connecting appetites and innovation to income will not be easy, but we don’t really have a choice.
—from “Reasons to Believe,” editorial,
March/April ’09

• ProPublica’s Sheri Fink reconstructs the deadly choices made at a Hurricane Katrina-battered hospital, becoming the first journalist from an online outlet to win a Pulitzer.

• Detroit becomes the first major American city without daily home newspaper delivery

2010

• WikiLeaks releases “Collateral Murder,” a leaked video showing the deaths of two Reuters employees.

Newsweek reportedly sells for one dollar, and merges with The Daily Beast website.

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Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.