Comments on: Your newspaper died? People don’t care http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Edward Hogan http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356613 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 15:20:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356613 The local paper, Caller-Times, revamped its size and coverage to a point where it is the equivilent of the, throw away weekend advertisement papers which we use to find on our front lawn or Friday. The daily paper carries one page front and back of national and international news, one page of local news and mostly adds in the front section. The second section has one page front and back of sports and one page of business news. The third section carries three pages of “society” and “ladies only”, their description, not mine, one page front and back of comics comingled with adds. The forth section carries about 4 pages front and back of classified. There are no TV listings. I have been a newspaper reader for 60 years but now I have to go to the internet or TV for news and it has no depth or analysis as use to be provided by the newspapers. I think that I pay a subscription rate of about $30 per month including the Sunday edition. I am seriously considering cancelling my subscription as it no longer supplies me lthis the quality and quantity of news for which I subscribe.

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By: nyongesa http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356608 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:51:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356608 My local newspaper for many years was the LA times, and I on occasion encountered long detailed investigative reports that were neither entertaining or easy reading, but were indispensible in elaborating a complex problem, or delivering insight on major issues.

Healthcare reform, the Prison Union issues that bedevil’s california politcs, come to mind. There are no other sources out there that do investigative journalism on the scale and depth of the big dailies. The NYT and the domestic wiretapping story for another example. In the real world, Ignorance is not bliss.

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By: jOEBANANA http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356604 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 11:23:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356604 Serves them right it’s karma, their smear campaign against hemp, killed it, now it’s their turn to die.

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By: Steven http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356599 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 07:04:50 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356599 It seems the news outlets did this to themselves. In the chase to profits, the newspapers forgot that educating their readers was a necessary element for their own long term health and survival. Now that the public has lost the ability to read beyond OMG! and BFF!, there really isn’t a need for papers anymore.

To be fair though, let’s not drop all of the blame in the laps of the papers. They didn’t start this fire. We can blame all the parents who fail to sit down with their children to help them with their homework, the politicians who line their pockets with money instead of spending on the education system, the corporations and entertainment media, who spend limitless advertising dollars promoting shallow consumerism, baby-boomers, who have lost all sense of the principles they stood for in their youths, and who’ve raised a generation of pampered and spoiled underachievers, market-makers who make markets for themselves, and anyone not aforenamed, who has elected to sell out the principles of civil society for personal profit, pleasure, or other short-term gain.

Far in the future, the loss of independent news reporting will be viewed at as an indicator of a society in its decline. It breaks the heart to know we’ve passed the point of being able to save ourselves, despite the desperate, last ditch efforts of hard working, benevolent role models, like Obama, who are always called upon for rescue once the ship is well beyond saving.

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By: Andrew Bachmann http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356598 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 04:51:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356598 The article talks about “local papers” and “community papers”, and then mentions “San Francisco Chronicle”. I’m sorry but I’ve never seen this as a “local” or “community” paper. We have local papers here such as the “Bay Area Guardian” and the “SF Weekly”. Also we have community papers here such as the “Palo Alto Daily”, or the “Mountain View Voice”. These are real local and community papers, filled with the news and events that aren’t on the AP wires.

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By: Tom jones http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356597 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 01:33:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356597 My family always had a daily subscription to the St Louis Post-Dispatch. I read that paper all my life and I am now in my early 60s. However, I have become so tired of supporting a paper that cares nothing about my values or ideals that I recently cancelled my subscription. Their “news” is slanted to imply that anything from the Democratic Party is “progressive” and anything Republican is to be ridiculed. Fine. They have the right to do that. However, I feel that I can no longer listen to, or support with my dollars, their editorial stance.

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By: SinoPhoto http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356595 Sat, 14 Mar 2009 00:07:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356595 As a kid, I watched a show about a fictional newspaper in Chicago called “Lou Grant”. This topic came up on the show as CNN had just gone on the air at about the same time. The point was that newspapers were supposed to be a venue to go beyond the headlines and investigate deeper into what happened and why. The problem is that a lot of papers never understood this and kept trying to compete in the 24 hour news cycle of bullet points and sound bites which was a losing battle. Those who did adapt found out that this style of journalism is expensive and risky in that you have to find something beyond what is on CNN, etc.

the problem is that the market for the deeper news is growing smaller and smaller as people live lives of fractured moments with no time to sit down and read a detailed article requiring focused concentration.

But there will always be some of us who want this depth of analysis. The trick is to find us and cater to our needs. There will always be voracious readers, even though our numbers seem to grow smaller and smaller.

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By: Mary Equi http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356594 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 23:54:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356594 If reporting revealed some real knowledge then it would be more profitable to read. Looks like the paper is always brown nosing those who participate in the most predatory policies. Its time that the public knew how the system really works and what little our government officials really know about the areas of government and economics in which they should be expert. Change would be good toward more specialization and fewer popularity contests. We don’t need lecturing and vague generalizations but more knowledge, knowing what is happening, news!

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By: triplab http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356590 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 22:11:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356590 Too bad the newspapers didn’t plan for this long ago like the oil and tire companies did when they bought and dismantled rail systems in metro areas so folks had to drive cars use oil and buy tires, or like GM that squashed the electric car years ago. Of course these companies will eventually become obsolete – as we are seeing – but they survived a good 30-50 years longer than they should have without making important breakthroughs commercially available. The newspapers and print media companies should have sacked the Internet long ago, or at least patented online news and then squashed it. LOL.

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By: Michael http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/03/13/your-newspaper-died-people-dont-care/#comment-356588 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 21:59:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=15302#comment-356588 I’m gonna miss those newspapers terribly. They are useful for collecting hair clippings when I give myself a haircut. They’re also indispensable for changing my car’s oil so I don’t leave a mess on the garage floor.

Seriously, guys. Fewer trees cut down for information that’s obsolete within 24 hours. That’s a plus. Let the media evolve.

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