Comments on: Darkness on the edge of town: Newspapers 2008 Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: Marie Wed, 12 Nov 2008 12:51:37 +0000 Hi, I worked for the Phladelphia Inquirer. I left and am soooooo happy in my new non-newspaper career!!! I worked through five buyouts, two sales of the paper, two layoffs – please the stress was horrible!!!!
The best thing I ever did was leave, re-train and start a new career.
For 30 years I LOVED my newspaper reporting job – but ther last four years at the paper were sheer torture – bad , mean spirited, rotten managament, fear every day of layoffs, sale of the paper, losing benefits in every new contract – that is STRESS!!!
Please – everyone working that way – GET OUT NOW!!! Don’t be the last one out – leave now with dignity and the time to re-build your work life.
You can hang on – but you will be hanging on like anyone still employed as a pay phone installer!!! There is NO future for newspapers!!! Find a new job you will love as much – I did and you can!!! Don’t hold onto the past – leave and be happy!!!
God bless all!!!

By: Robert MacMillan Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:50:59 +0000 Ouch, Beth. Yes, that was my mistake. I corrected it.
Seems like it’s time to praise crowdsourcing…

By: Beth Mon, 21 Jul 2008 22:49:13 +0000 “..The editors expects the financial picture only to worsen..”

And, evidently, grammatical errors to worsen as well.

All in all, the loss of access to in-depth, well-researched, intelligent news, whose source is known and accountable, is another nail in the coffin of a working democracy.

By: Juan Elizondo Mon, 21 Jul 2008 19:01:21 +0000 I guess I’m one of those insanely optimistic editors. I’ve had successful stints at a wire service, a metro and now a mid-sized daily. I wouldn’t want to be in another industry right now.

Yes, we’ve reduced national and international coverage, but we’ve not abandoned those subjects. We are making tougher choices and ensure that our product is dominated by local news and features that aren’t all over CNN, our local TV stations and the blogging community.

The world has not lost its need for people who know how to gather and distill information. There’s a shift in who is doing that and how the information is being presented, but good fundamental journalism will survive.

I’m grateful the bleeding in home delivery and advertising is slow. That’s given the newspaper industry time to recover from a slow start online and to experiment with new ways of generating revenue.

By: Richard Paden Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:10:19 +0000 On the contrary, a leaner newsroom will be much more efficient than an over staffed newsroom. To be sure there is an optimum number and that is the number that should be sought. Every industry would be more efficient if croyism and nepotism were forbidden and abolished.

By: sally Mon, 21 Jul 2008 12:51:30 +0000 When writing a novel we are informed never to write a sentence with more than six words in it. I suppose that last sentence would therefore be eliminated. That goes for the last one as well.

But this one not.

By: Charlie French Mon, 21 Jul 2008 10:21:01 +0000 Local newspapers in smaller markets decided to focus on the picayune and emotional issues versus broad and objective journalism—at the siren call of their salespeople.

Now that the real level of interest in such tabloid stories has crowded out the need for substantial stories, some news editors still do not recognize they have “backed the wrong horse” in the race.

Simply put: you cannot sell enough legitmate newspaper advertising if you are not a legitimate source of news, only a repeater of the tabloid-style journalism’s news.

By: Narayanan Madhavan Mon, 21 Jul 2008 08:43:23 +0000 I do suggest that newspapers should be renamed “community reference sheets”

By: Matthew Mon, 21 Jul 2008 07:21:34 +0000 It is a pain to watch this slow bleeding of journalism. With the new trends newspapers are just producing what people want to read (aka. entertainment, headlines)rather than what people need to know.
The consequence of which could be masses of ingnorant people manipulated by a few aristocrats…