James Warren, the former managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, writes for The Atlantic online about what the loss of newspapers would mean.
He particularly worries that newspapers are the media of most concern about public service and institutional oversight. Without them in good force, those qualities disappear from the public sphere.
But he points to the need for new models to sustain journalism: Charge more, go up-market, he suggests.
What he mostly worries about is that not enough people care to sustain them.