Comments on: Sports league bigwigs have some advice for newspapers http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/06/sports-league-bigwigs-have-some-advice-for-newspapers/ Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Mike from NJ http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/2009/05/06/sports-league-bigwigs-have-some-advice-for-newspapers/#comment-358630 Thu, 07 May 2009 12:11:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/mediafile/?p=16627#comment-358630 Speaking as a 40-something who delivered the “traditional” afternoon newspaper as an young teenager, I believe that we are witnessing the death throes of this industry. Here’s why.

–For decades, the “news” section of newspapers could be counted on for just that: “Just the facts, ma’am”. Over the past 20 years or so, reporters have allowed their personal biases to creep into their writing. Many newspapers, local and regional, have become nothing more than “editorials” reflecting their management’s views.

–Many editors refuse to do just that: EDIT! I am amazed at the amount of grammatical errors that manage to make their way into EVERY article. Perhaps this is due to our fascination with email and texting, but this has no place in a “major” publication. It’s bad enough the way language is abused today, and it is far worse when newspapers are complicit.

–“Literal” delivery model: While I realize that we probably cannot return to the days of the traditional “paperboy”, the services that the newspaper industry use to distribute their product are abysmal. Of course, I do not expect them to place my paper in my mailbox; on the other hand, is it too much to expect a clean and dry newspaper, and not have to walk to the curb to retrieve it?

–Lastly, the unions. As the son of a long-time union worker, I generally support union workers; however, many of them have become selfish and entirely unrealistic. Here in New Jersey, the Teamsters drive the straight trucks to deliver bundles to businesses. Not a tough job, right? Drive, push bundles out to the curb, move on. These “hard-working” men pull down $70,000+ a year! Are you serious? And, they outright REFUSE to negotiate; if anything, they’re looking for an “assistant” to “help” with this work.

Truly, it is a sad state of affairs, and I, for one, do not see a positive outcome.

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