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More Layoffs At The Hartford Courant

This is a law blog, so it’s reasonable to ask why I’m writing about layoffs of the Hartford Courant.

The Hartford Courant Alumni blog covers the carnage.

The reason is that our state needs professional journalists. We need them to investigate, to expose, to inform, and to challenge us.

The blogosphere can’t replace professional journalism – it can only help to keep them honest.

Our founding generation understood the significance of a free and vibrant press. The constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reads: “The liberty of the press is essential to the security of freedom in a state….”

I don’t know what the solution is but the dwindling numbers of professional journalists in Hartford is troubling.