Frank Harris III recently re-subscribed to the New Haven Register after reading it online and occasionally picking up a newsstand copy for more than a year. "Yes, there is something about reading it in the morning in bed or at my kitchen table with toast and oatmeal and milk or grape juice and eggs, or reading it outside on my deck or on the front steps with the sun shining on my head," writes the Southern Connecticut State University journalism department chairman. His piece rubbed Courant columnist Rick Green the wrong way:
I'm glad you know how to read the news for free online, Frank. But a journalism department chairman who can't be bothered to actually subscribe to a daily newspaper? How do you think your students might one day actually get paid for their work? Another sign of the times, I suppose..
I asked Harris what he thought about the "scolding" from Green. His response to the columnist:
You have cast the first stone. But you too have sinned. Your blog, for instance: By posting online, are you not contributing to the demise of print? Are you not contributing to journalistic sin? Welcome to journalism hell, Rick.
More after the jump.