Toronto Star public editor Kathy English has a column this weekend in which she reacts to a Star manager’s workshop with Newspapers Next. In part, the workshop discussed how newspapers can survive, and the “jobs” that need to be done.

An excerpt:

“… newspaper companies that aim to grow and prosper must resist the “sucking sound of the core,” that might stop us from seeing new possibilities for growth.

That idea leaves me more concerned about the death of journalism than the death of the newspaper.

Journalism, not news on paper, is the core product of the Star. And, in any determination of “jobs to be done,” we should remember this: Journalism is Job 1.

Journalism is more than information. At its best, journalism provides something critical to democracy’s demand for informed citizens able to make informed choices…