In a surprising announcement today, Phil Bronstein, editor of the San Francisco Chronicle said he was leaving his post. He will be taking another job in the Hearst company. Just a few days ago, the L.A. Times lost its editor. These changes in some of the most important newspapers in California will affect everyone who takes an interest in public affairs. Even though many people seek news through electronic sources such as the Internet, radio, and television, these sources often depend on print media. Reporters from newspapers are often the ones who seek out the sources, interview newsmakers, and get the facts that are later reported in blogs and on websites. Changes in editorial personnel may not weaken newspapers, but it is important that civic-minded people keep an eye on what is happening and support newspapers, one of the most important source of information in a democracy.
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