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John Stackhouse: Canada needs traditional media in digital era

Media in the digital era gave us the ability to get information long before the presses print and from places we never could. But some worry how this affects the future of serious journalism and accountability. John Stackhouse shares his thoughts on "Mass Disruption".
Author John Stackhouse asks whether serious journalism is possible in a digital age in "Mass Disruption." (The Lavin Agency)

Printing a daily paper is a complicated affair. And in recent years running a daily paper, has grown infinitely more complicated as well.

It was in 2009 when John Stackhouse took the helm as The Globe and Mail's editor-in-chief. And what a time to do so.

Advertising revenue was plummeting as free, online news sources exploded. And the traditional newspaper model was starting to look unsustainable... even undesirable. It was a time of radical change in the media industry.... and it still is.

Even though John Stackhouse has since left the business, he's been thinking a lot about it of late. 

In his new book, he makes the argument that traditional media outlets need to keep fighting to stay alive — Because the role they play in our media landscape and democracy is an essential one.

John Stackhouse's new book is "Mass Disruption: Thirty Years on the Front Lines of a Media Revolution." He joined Anna Maria in our Toronto studio as part of our occasional series, Eye On The Media.

What needs to be done to save traditional media outlets in this country?  Are they worth saving?  Or would you prefer to get your information from new media sources?  

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This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.