A recent blog post by Stijn Debrouwere provides some accurate and unique insights into today's state of journalism, how we got here, and where we are going. We found several points worthy of consideration:

Stdout.be contends that journalism as we know it is being replaced. He cites the increasing use of online forums for reviews and recommendations for everything from food to movies to music. According to him, disruptive online sources of information and social media are replacing most of traditional journalism, except for the investigative side of reporting.

The entire concept of journalism is changing, according to the author. While 40 percent of U.S. adults would be upset if they had lost their daily newspaper in 2009, that number has dropped to 25 Percent today. News media is losing advertising clout to other online destinations.

How does traditional journalism remain valuable to the public? The blog provides a number of suggestions. Improve your storytelling personality (further shading the line between journalism and entertainment), downsize and capitalize on scale (how much further can news organizations downsize from here?), and do stuff that matters. The problem seems to be that doing the stuff that matters today may not be so much about news, but instead, more about titillation.