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Example 4,587 on what's wrong with the newspaper biz

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by tyler durden 71351, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. tyler durden 71351

    tyler durden 71351 Active Member

    Longtime state government reporter for the Gannett papers in my state just announced his retirement. Gannett won't replace him -- they're going to let one reporter cover the Legislature for all of their papers across the state, even though they've got several 50,000-100,000 circulation papers in small metro areas. Yeah, because people on the other end of the state don't give a fuck what happens in the capitol or what their legislators are doing. You've got to preserve that 28% profit margin!
    I swear, the newspaper biz...it's in bad shape, but a lot of the wounds are self-inflicted.
  2. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    It's like handing a heart patient a pack of cigarettes. An alcoholic a bottle of whiskey. A suicidal person getting a gun.

    Some companies never learn, do they?
  3. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    The bottom line is the bottom line. That's what they've learned.
  4. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    I hate to sound like an alarmist, but when I look at the parallel tracks of journalism and politics in the U.S., I have to say this country is fucked.

    Let's meet back here in 20 years and see if I'm right.
  5. statrat

    statrat Member

    It's true, and its incredibly sad. I would love to have a future in this business, but when I look around at the upper management at so many large papers having no ability to think outside the box whatsoever, I can't really envision myself staying too much longer.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I guess Gannett is using the same consultants as the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  7. duckncover

    duckncover Member

    The real problem is newspaper bosses even believe there's a box anymore. Old models don't work.

    That said, it's ludacris to believe you're going to be able to cut content and still compell people to subscribe.
  8. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    Ludicrous indeed. (I agree with your points ;))
  9. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    And nine years ago, American Journalism Review was reporting drastic reductions in the coverage of state government:


    So what we're seeing now is only continued reduction of already vastly reduced coverage.
  10. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    A former co-worker of mine who is now doing PR and speechwriting for the ACLU put it best:

    "I didn't leave the news business. The news business left me."
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    With appreciation to Billy Wilder. . .
    Reader: "You're Joe Williams. You used to be in newspapers. You used to be big."
    Joe: "I am big. It's the newspapers that got small."
  12. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    And that bottom line will shrink for Gannett as readers in parts of that state that Ganett doesn't give a damn about them, or puts out the manpower to cover the issues that affect them.
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