Will Journalists Need Their Employers?

Michael Hirschorn at the Atlantic Monthly talks about the future of newspapers, and the disruptive technology of blogging. He muses on whether the internet has set journalists free:

“Meanwhile, top reporters and columnists at major newspapers are realizing (or will realize soon) that their fates are not necessarily tied to those of their employers. As portals and search engines and blogs increasingly allow readers to consume media without context or much branding, writers like Thomas Friedman will increasingly wonder what is the benefit of working for a newspaper—especially when the newspaper is burying his article behind a subscriber wall.”