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I Have Seen The Future Of Real Estate Journalism, And It Is Good

No, I am not being sarcastic.

Professor Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, provided commentary on changes in store for real estate journalists in Charlotte, N.C., last week. The outlook is bleak for the ink-and-paper business, which many insiders say without hesitation is “sucking wind.” The lasting effects of the Internet on traditional print journalism in years to come are profound.

In Philadelphia newsrooms, the plants are no longer watered. In Akron, Ohio, reporters face a shortage of notebooks.

These are just a few blows being felt by newspapers nationwide amidst a steadily shrinking print classified advertising share and waning subscriptions that have made newsroom staff cuts a regular thing. Professor Chris Roush of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, noted these changes to real estate journalists in Charlotte, N.C., Friday afternoon.

One of his main conclusions in the article blogs spell future for real estate journalism [Inman – subscription] [1] [I have included the relevant parts of the article above if you don’t have a subscription.]

There are dozens of well-known real estate blogs today, Roush said, pointing to Curbed.com [2], the Matrix (us!) and The Real Estate [3] as examples.

While I am flattered that we were mentioned as a well-known real estate blog, along with the usual suspects, we as well as Curbed and The Real Estate are hardly a threat to journalism. Blogging isn’t really about journalism, even though many bloggers clearly are journalists. The hype about blogging rendering real estate journalism as obsolete in the traditional sense is getting old.

Remember: bloggers aren’t journalists, they’re publishers [Piaras Kelly PR] [4].