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The slow death of the great American newsroom

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by 3_Octave_Fart, Mar 22, 2015.

  1. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

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  2. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    3OF, that's a good (but sad) read. Thanks!

    The odd thing to me is that story was carried by a UK platform. I would have thought someone in the US would have carried that particular Philly story first.
  3. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    The Brits are less reticent to point out the ill health of our traditional institutions.
    Somehow, though, The Guardian isn't on life support.
    I saw a story yesterday that print media is thriving in rural India.
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Come to think of it, it's been a while since I've seen some old fart opine about why he "still believes in newspapers" on Romenesko.
  5. DeskMonkey1

    DeskMonkey1 Active Member

    Whenever I see old pictures of thriving newsrooms or watch an old movie like All the President's Men or even Superman (they showed the inside of the Daily Planet often) I always lament that I entered the business in 2007. My second job was a 100,000 circulation and it still kind of resembled the thriving days but even then there were pockets of empty desks, including one adjacent to my desk that repeatedly warned me to not get to comfortable.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    As tough as it's been to see the decline, I'm grateful to have witnessed a thriving newsroom in the early 90s located in the heart of a downtown American city, where you could feel the press runs begin and take home the work you did at the end of a night shift. I feel bad for those that won't have those memories.
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  7. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    It was great in the '80s, but then it went too far.
  8. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

  9. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Active Member

    Great post. The first few years of my career in the early '80s were spent in a newsroom that had a clattering AP teletype machine, a constant cigarette stench that lingered even when the room was vacant, and massive stacks of paper on almost every desk. I don't really miss the noise and definitely don't miss all that smoke, but I do wish my younger colleagues could have experienced the exciting atmosphere. It's impossible to get that feeling in a room that looks like an insurance office, with dozens of empty desks and an off-site printing facility.
  10. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

  11. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Good story, 3_O_F ... and a cautionary tale for other industries:

  12. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

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