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How Would This Revenue-Sharing Conflict Go Over Now?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by WriteThinking, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    This week being the 10-year anniversary of the Staples Center revenue-sharing conflict that was a big, galvanizing deal at the Los Angeles Times back when it happened, I wonder how such a situation would go over, and how it would be received these days.

    Take a look, and see what you think.


    But, with the business in a severe transition (some would say devolving), and with news reporting and writing styles changing, standards lowering, ethics perspectives evolving and lines of separation blurring -- and, now, with a certain amount of financial desperation seemingly setting in -- would newsrooms respond as the LAT's did during this much-heralded brouhaha?

    Somehow, unfortunately, I doubt it.

    That's in large part because of the vastly changed backdrop. At that time, as you'll read below, the Times' quarterly profit was set at a vibrant, healthy $102 million, and there was a circulation increase of "only" .3 percent.


    Wow. Who wouldn't be thrilled with such numbers nowadays?

    So, the perspective on, and probably, the reactions to, this scenario would likely be just as vastly different.
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