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There’s a fascinating discussion raging across the country and even world right now. Its focus: How quality journalism is going to survive the massive financial upheaval that’s destroying and shrinking some of its largest, oldest and most respected institutions.

The discussion is particularly relevant here in San Diego. We make an interesting case study, as a city with a financially struggling newspaper, a new nonprofit online publication filling some of the gaps left by old media, and other startup efforts either underway or about to pop.

And it’s important for more than just journalists or news junkies. If you care about parks, libraries, your neighborhoods, safety, the environment, schools and a whole host of community issues, then you should be concerned too. Without a strong and smart press, residents will know less and therefore have less power in all of these areas.

So what is the future of journalism? Well, no one can promise an answer right now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t just kick around some ideas.

If you’re interested in the topic, make sure to come to the San Diego Historical Society’s panel discussion on the future of journalism Friday. I’ll be on the panel, joined by Pt. Loma Nazarene journalism professor Dean Nelson and Diane Borden, director of SDSU’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. Union-Tribune reporter Roger Showley will be moderating.

This event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of San Diego History in the Casa de Balboa Building, Balboa Park. I’m told you should park in the lots behind the Museum of San Diego History, beside the Natural History Museum, or behind the Fleet Science Center.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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