1. Hurricanes and the utilities
Memo to local newspaper editors and television news producers in today’s hurricane zone: Assuming your community loses its power, find out which of the CEOs responsible for the utilities in your area have generators at their homes. If your reporter can’t get on the CEO’s property to look for one, just have him or her show up outside after it gets dark and see if the lights are on.
The only catch is that the CEO has to live in your region, meaning that the company responsible for the cutbacks in repair crews that could result in the lights staying out across parts of the Northeast for days isn’t yet part of some far-flung conglomerate. As I pointed out here about a year ago, the guy responsible for the prolonged power outages last fall in my area of northern Westchester in New York sits atop a company based in Spain.
2. What’s the story at Time?
With the imminent demise of the print version of Newsweek, I’d like to know what’s happening at Time.
For years, we’ve watched the Internet and cable news scoop newspapers with breaking news, which forced newspapers to do the feature and explanatory stories that the newsweeklies did. Does that, along with the more general flight from print to digital reading, make the plight of all the newsweeklies so hopeless that Time’s time is running out, too? Or have managing editor Rick Stengel and his team, who have stated repeatedly that the print magazine is thriving, found some secret survival sauce? Does being the last man standing among the three newsweeklies mean a prolonged death or a solid future?
Although Time now boasts a circulation of 3.3 million (which is more than double Newsweek’s), it’s down from more than 4 million just six years ago. And it’s impossible to tell how many of those subscriptions are highly discounted.