6. Is Print In Trouble?
RCS: A few months back we interviewed Jay Mariotti, during which he reflected on his decision to leave the Chicago Sun-Times, “Sadly, we're going to see numerous newspapers fold in 2009 and beyond. If a writer thinks his paper is in trouble, it probably is. And by all means, get your butt out of Dodge, because that paper certainly isn't going to care about you when it decides to pull the cord. Problem is, if several dozen writers and editors are out on the street in a few months, who's going to hire them all? At the moment, there's only a handful of quality sports Web sites -- AOL, ESPN, Yahoo, SI and Fox are a few. It's like a game of musical chairs: When the music stops, who's sitting and who's not?”
As one of only a few sports writers who works for both a major local outlet and a major national outlet, you have a unique perspective on the future of media. Is Mariotti correct that, if you’re working for a newspaper or print publication in trouble, you should find another job as quickly as possible?
Whitlock: Man, that's a tough question. I love being a newspaper columnist. But I can't answer this question honestly. I have strong opinions about this issue that are better left unstated. Newspapers are drowning in arrogance. Can we be saved? I don't see any less arrogance.