James Mann: “There are people who say oh well, it doesn'’t matter if newspapers collapse, because we can all get our information from the web. I’m all in favor of information from the web, but if you go to any amalgamation web site you'’re getting stuff that comes originally from newspapers. I was as a correspondent in Beijing for the Los Angeles Times. My newspaper spent an awful lot of money just to house someone in Beijing, as other newspapers do. If that goes away, I'’m not quite sure where you'’re going to get information from Beijing. You'’ll get it, but it’s going to come either from people who aren'’t professional reporters or who have some other source of funding. I worry about that.”
A former newspaper reporter, foreign correspondent and columnist, James Mann is a Washington-based author who has written award-winning books about China and American foreign policy. He is Foreign Policy Institute Author-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins’ Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.