Size mat­ters, but not as much as con­tent

The Guardian - - JOURNAL LETTERS - Richard Grif­fiths

I un­der­stand your rea­sons for go­ing tabloid (Guardian jour­nal­ism goes from strength to strength. It’s just our shape that’s chang­ing, 14 June) but fear that, de­spite your good in­ten­tions, you will, like the In­de­pen­dent and the Times, lose that aura of grav­i­tas and je ne sais quoi – is it dig­nity? – that goes with be­ing a broad­sheet. King’s Lynn, Nor­folk • I have been buy­ing the Guardian for very many years; de­spite the ev­er­in­creas­ing amount I’ve had to pay, I’ve done so will­ingly be­cause I know se­ri­ous jour­nal­ism costs money. But for some time you’ve cho­sen to make avail­able free, on your web­site, the ma­te­rial I pay you to pro­duce. Do you ever stop to con­sider how those of us who ac­tu­ally pay for the pa­per ev­ery day feel about your en­cour­age­ment of large num­bers of free­loaders – most of whom are un­doubt­edly more wealthy than I am? If I soon join the ranks of those who no longer pay for the Guardian, hence ex­ac­er­bat­ing your fi­nan­cial prob­lems, it won’t be be­cause I’ve changed my mind about the value of your jour­nal­ism, but be­cause I have only

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