Thanks to all of you who stumbled out of bed on Saturday mornings to read Bits & Bytes. You kept me on my toes and made a tough beat challenging and fun. And to my anonymous tipsters ... you rock.
Thanks, Cori, for bringing some media sunshine and some good writing to the entrepreneurial scene in Pittsburgh, and good luck with your next gig.
Will the P-G appoint a new beat writer for tech and entrepreneurship? I hope so; the energy level surrounding entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh right now may be at an all-time high. The phrase I've heard repeatedly in face-to-face and email conversations over the last several weeks is "tipping point," as in, Pittsburgh is at a tipping point. All of these entrepeneurs and investors and technologists and researchers and artists, and even a lawyer or two, sense a window of opportunity. Will Pittsburghers seize it? Or will it pass, and will Pittsburgh remain a region of unfulfilled potential? I've heard it from media folks (though not at the P-G); from investors; from researchers; from entrepreneurs; and from local politicians.
If this really is a tipping point, then on the one hand, a good newspaper, particularly a local newspaper-of-record like the Post-Gazette, should be there in person to record and critique what's happening. Beat journalism remains key. On the other hand, several of my "tipping point" correspondents believe that the P-G is fast becoming irrelevant in this emerging space. Blogs and other, more modern communications tools are how information is being shared these days. If the New Pittsburgh is realized, the revolution will not be televised. It may be on YouTube and an RSS feed instead.