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RIP Youngstown Vindicator

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheSportsPredictor, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Sure you can get around them through an extension or tooling around with Web Inspector, yes?
  2. Preacher Roe

    Preacher Roe New Member

  3. rtse11

    rtse11 Active Member

    This is a depressing line in that story: But in the latest earnings call in May for GateHouse’s parent, New Media Investment Group Inc., Chief Executive Michael Reed said the company planned to focus on integrating publications it has already acquired and closing or selling underperforming papers.
    My guess is they'll close before they sell.
    2muchcoffeeman likes this.
  4. Raven

    Raven Well-Known Member

    Gotta love hedge funds.
  5. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    I think when they close the Youngstown paper and the doors are all shuttered, etc., that's when the current reporters and others who work there should buy the property, including the presses and put out their own nonprofit paper. You'd think a staff of 3 or 4 people could keep a newspaper running as a nonprofit and still make a living.
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  6. Readallover

    Readallover Member

    Maybe a news web site would work but not a physical newspaper. And I doubt one could make a living under a nonprofit operation. The Inky is still cutting reporter jobs after it converted to the nonprofit model.
  7. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    I think that Gatehouse, which owns more papers than anyone in the country and Youngstown have similar problems. They have not had the financial, editorial, technical and managerial talent to develop good websites at their smaller
    websites. The bigger papers in their regions have websites that provide better regional and national editorial product. While I am sure that the local paper such as Youngstown probably still has superior local content the larger regional paper provides a competitor for both subscription and advertising dollars.

    Gatehouse, for example, gets 12% of its revenue from electronic. Gatehouse is also seeing revenue decline about seven percent a year. So as print dollars disappear they are not being replaced by electronic revenues. The smaller paper bleeds to death. Youngstown is privately held so I don't know their numbers but the economic pressures are the same as Gatehouse.
  8. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    Considering Gatehouse forces its papers to use the same vanilla layout, has cut video and photography staff at newspapers across the country, and has an overall miserable online experience for consumers, I'm utterly shocked - SHOCKED, I TELL YOU! - that the chain isn't doing well digitally.
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  9. LanceyHoward

    LanceyHoward Well-Known Member

    But isn't the same also true of virtually every small paper in the country?
  10. SoloFlyer

    SoloFlyer Well-Known Member

    Most papers have retained a small photo staff. Most Gatehouse papers have not.
  11. fossywriter8

    fossywriter8 Well-Known Member

    The daily (under 10,000 circulation) where I work part time hasn't had a full-time photographer in years, maybe at least a decade. We have several very good freelancers and stringers, and the reporters often take their own when possible, but no full-timers.
  12. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

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