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Two New Eyes With So Much to Watch

In a world that just has to be spinning faster than ever before, has anything changed more than how the media operates, and how we process and receive all the information it is providing - and literally every second?

It really wasn't so long ago that all one needed - and could get - was a good newspaper or two, 30 minutes of TV news, and a radio dial locked into a local station to feel informed and up to date on all that was happening around them.

Were they simpler times? It seems like it, but every day I wake up, the day before seems simpler.

I am an old newspaper guy. Growing up, I thought the greatest job in the world surely had to be that of a sports reporter. I began thinking this right after it became painfully clear to me that I would never generate a living playing a game.

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The newspaper business is in its death throes, apparently. But that hardly means journalism is dead.

The media industry is evolving at a breakneck pace in the opening stanza of the 21st century - and instead of just reporting the news, the media frequently find themselves in the news. Since we here at Real Clear Politics follow the news, it's become imperative for us to also keep up with the people who bring us the news.

A veteran newspaperman-cum-digital media maven, I relished this challenge. I got my first job as a paperboy at the age of 15 and worked up the newspaper food chain from there. In my 20 years as a journalist, I put in time both as an editor and a writer, covering diverse events ranging from the Super Bowl to Hong Kong's change of ownership.

Viewing the newspaper business as a sinking ship, I jumped into the high seas and surfed for the web. Three years ago I began a new life as the BCS Guru and six months ago I found my kindred spirits at Real Clear Politics and helped start our new international politics and news site Real Clear World.

Everyday, you'll find a little bit of something here covering the media - from the journalism realm to the business end. Your interest is most welcome, as are comments and tips. You may contact me at sam@realclearpolitics.com.


- Samuel Chi, December 2008