Though newspapers are, blessedly, finding a way to hang on through hard, hard times, the real cutting-edge in journalism is arguably found at the intersection of data and the web, with relatively little writing involved.
The future: It's much more statistical than the past. (Here's a snapshot of the interactive map, which must be seen to be appreciated.)
Makes me wonder: Why no factory farms in Ventura County? Just a fluke? Or were questions raised?