Merrill Brown on future of news

Editorial by Merrill Brown on, the founding editor in chief of and is a former executive with RealNetworks:

The future course of news, the basic assumptions about how we consume news and information and make decisions in a democratic society, are being altered, perhaps irrevocably, by technologically savvy young people no longer wedded to traditional news outlets or even accessing news in traditional ways.

There’s an inescapable conclusion to be drawn from research I completed earlier this year for the Carnegie Corp. of New York about the news habits of 18- to 34-year-olds. In short, the future of the U.S. news industry is seriously threatened by the seemingly irrevocable move by young people away from traditional sources of news.

The thing that always chills my bones in pieces like this is the total absence of any mention of radio. Where are we?