I was talking to someone this past weekend about a project called Streethound that I am working on. My friend commented that he heard that blogs are changing and will revolutionize the journalism business. He said something like, “why will people buy newspapers in the future, when they can just read them on line?” Well, I think there is some merit to what he was asking, but at the end of the day, most people like to read for extended periods from paper rather than from a screen. But, I think what he was really talking about was the free nature of blogs vs. newspapers. I don’t really know what is going to happen, but one thing that newspapers do is aggregate local, national and global news very well. Yes, places like Google News, Yahoo News and a slew of other sites do this, but they get their news and information from traditional news sources. As soon as these sources see their traditional readership and subscriptions go away, they will change the way that they give out their news on line. Translation, they will make you pay. These guys aren’t going to give up the farm. They have been around for a long time and have plenty of resources to make sure that they do not become obsolete. So, while I think blogging has had and will continue to have a huge impact on how people learn about different topics, I don’t think they will be putting the big boys of journalism out of business any time soon.