Speaking of scale
: The American Society of Newspaper Editors just reported that the number of newspaper journalists in America fell from 56,393 to 54,134 over the last four years.
In the last year, the number of bloggers roughly doubled to more than 8 million. OK, so say that only half of them are active. That’s 4 million. Then say that only — pick a number — 10 percent of them even write about anything involving news. That would be 400,000.
If the news business can harnass the efforts of some of that number — helping to support them with training, content, promotion, revenue — imagine how news could grow.