In late July, Emily Ramshaw sent word that after six years she was leaving The Dallas Morning News, for whom she covered City Hall before moving to Austin, for the online news venture Texas Tribune, of which Evan Smith will be CEO. Today, the folks over at Poynter want to know: Why come? To which Ramshaw says:
"I feel, and still feel, that the newspaper business is in serious crisis. I'm not content to cling to a deck chair and go down with a sinking ship. We're trying to prepare for the next incarnation of journalism. If this venture is going to work, it's going to work because serious, talented journalists were brave enough to take the risk."
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