Senate Commerce Committee Sets Journalism Hearing


The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday (May 6) on the future of journalism.

From the witness list, it appears to be focused on the decline of newspapers and perhaps the rise of the Internet as an alternative.

The House has already held a hearing on newspapers' falling fortunes, at which there seemed to be more finger-wagging than sympathy from Democrats.

The witness list for the Wednesday Senate hearing includes the vice president of Google and Arianna Huffington from online site, The Huffington Post, as well as James Moroney, CEO of the Dallas Morning News.

Then there was the witness whose listing in the committee e-mail seemed to be its own testimony to the state of journalism: David Simon, former reporter, The Baltimore Sun (the Sun just laid off a third of its staff, according to many published (ironically online) reports.