03. 28. 2009
Goodbye, newspapers. Hello, GlobalPost
There's nothing like beginning the day in a comfy chair with good coffee and a good newspaper. But finding a decent morning paper that's actually made of paper is increasingly possible only in a few fortunate places.
What's more, paper papers are shrinking even in those places. My beloved Washington Post, for example, is abandoning its separate business section and folding some business news into its main news section. That's bound to mean not only fewer business articles but less newsprint news overall. Even newspaper lovers like me will be getting all our news online before long.
Enter GlobalPost, the first serious grown-up news organization to appear in a very long time. It employs dozens of experienced journalists around the world and is filled with free news and features that usually are comparable in quality to those put out by major established news organizations. It also has a unique business model, which you can read about here and here.
GlobalPost, invented and run by real journalists, explains itself this way:
GlobalPost follows no political line. We encourage our correspondents to write with a strong voice and to work hard to unearth facts. But we leave opinion on the opinion pages.
We are proud to be an American news organization with a decidedly American voice. We also intend to seek out and tell the truth as we find it.
Here's GlobalPost's fuller explanation of its mission.
GlobalPost is ambitious and readable and I wish it well. Now if only it printed a newspaper . . .