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Products of the Mind




Scott Lewis, Journalist and Editor in Chief of Voice of San Diego

Welcome to Episode 24 of Products of the Mind. On this episode, I speak with Editor in Chief of Voice of San Diego Scott Lewis.

“Every city in America is defined by landmarks that were philanthropically made by their newspaper tycoons. The newspapers were so powerful that they could build Symphony Halls and they could build Hearst Castles. Newspapers were extremely profitable and that was because they owned the bundle that you all had to get into.”

Today we hear from the voice behind the Voice of San Diego, Scott Lewis. Scott provides informative answers and interesting insights on journalism, the history of newspapers, and the future of investigate reporting.

Scott talks about growing up as a non-Mormon outsider in Salt Lake City; hanging out with anarchists in Spain; and feeling the importance of journalism during his time at the University of Utah. He also tells us about his transition from anarchism to Navy husband (and how he finally got to read Moby Dick).

What is the current state of journalism? How did the internet change newspaper “bundling”, and what’s in store for the future? How does Buzzfeed make money on a viral cat video?

Also, you might be a fan of the L.A. Times newspaper; but would it be wise to purchase the entire business, and if so, how much should you pay? Find out answers to these questions and much more on today’s episode with Scott.

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The Credits

Products of the Mind is produced by Mana Monzavi.

The illustration accompanying these show notes is by Whit Harris.

The theme music for this episode was provided by Le Chateau. The track name is “Bury You.” Go buy it on Soundcloud!

This episode and these show notes © 2016 David Lizerbram

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