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East Bay papers downsize

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by HanSenSE, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Mar 1, 2016
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Always count myself as lucky that I had a chance to work in the Tower and with some of the great pros who spent time there.
    But this is just a sad, sad day.
  3. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    San Mateo Times biting the dust too. San Jose Mercury News will lose its city in the masthead end cover the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.

    But, yeah, the Tribune. A city has the NBA, NFL, MLB and a weekly?
  4. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    I mean, this has been in effect before today. All the East Bay content has been consolidated, as has the South Bay-Peninsula stuff, for some time now.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Yes, but all under separate mastheads.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I guess I wonder why the switch to a generic title. Seems they could do one press run for the CoCo Times and another for the Trib.
    I feel bad for the reporters who have to explain to editors why nobody is returning calls to someone from the East Bay Times.
  7. SnarkShark

    SnarkShark Well-Known Member

    As a one-time customer (and as a high school football stringer for one season while I was in college), when I lived in San Mateo County, I remember when they gave up on the San Mateo County Times and just started running all the Mercury News copy under the SMCT name. It was disingenuous.

    I know people are going to lose their jobs, and that genuinely sucks, but at least the company is being somewhat honest with its customers from that standpoint.
  8. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    The link says that BANG currently only had one full time reporter covering Oakland, David Debolt. Is that true? If so how are they even going to make a pretense of having seperate content for the weekly?

    I also wonder how much longer until the Southern California papers of this chain suffer share the same fate.
  9. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty sure Jimmy Durkin does a lot of pro stuff, including Raiders.
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Who knows, but LANG is battling with Tribune to get their dirty grimy hands on the OC Register as it sits at auction.
  11. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Active Member

    So what is BANG's flagship paper, San Jose or Contra Costa?? If LANG gets OCR and Riverside, wouldn't OCR be the flagship?? That might be weird.
  12. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Active Member

    The way I interpreted the article is that various desks such as sports and business covered Oakland. But that there was only one dedicated beat reporter to cover the police, city hall, etc. in a city with a population of 413,000.
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