The Real Paper: Journalism Then & Now

THU, SEP 15, 2011 (1:39:19)

The Real Paper was an alternative weekly newspaper serving Boston from 1972 to 1981. Ford Hall Forum Vice President and former The Real Paper journalist Monica Collins assemble this staff reunion with Harper Barnes, Jan Freeman, Laura Shapiro, Paul Solman, and Mark Zanger. Hear how this free newspaper’s employee-run collective was its undoing as the opportunity to sell arose, as did interpersonal conflict. Their experience with The Real Paper yields insight about modern-day journalism, including sustainable and fair business models, the future of free newspapers in a world of Internet media, and whether journalists in today’s economy should strike out on their own.

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