At BuzzMachine, Jeff Jarvis says the New York Times should force the Boston Globe into bankruptcy:
[The Globe is] losing $85 million a year. They saved only $20 with recent concessions. It could bring The New York Times down. Time for radical surgery.
Speaking of bankruptcy (and layoffs, and pay cuts and out-of-print): The Wall Street Journal maps the decline of the nation’s top newspapers since 2006.
Posted in news industry, newspaper bankruptcy, newspaper cutbacks, Newspaper industry, newsroom layoffs, Out of print
Tagged bankruptcy, Boston Globe, BuzzMachine, Jeff Jarvis, New York Times, newspaper cutbacks, Newspaper industry, newsroom layoffs, Out of print, Wall Street Journal
A few quotes to ponder as we head into the weekend:
“Oh, well. When the Feds surround my place for the big shootout, I hope my home gets described as a ‘compound’ just before it goes up in smoke. Cool.” –Mark Steyn, National Review Online, in response to a Department of Homeland Security report warning of dangerous right-wing extremist activity.
“Make no mistake, dear readers, we are living under tyranny. Especially to those who voted for Barack Obama and a Democratic Congress, you are living in denial if you believe otherwise. This is not hyperbole.” — The Sarasota Observer, in an article un-hyperbolically titled “Live Free or Die.”
“For now, though, one can’t help but note that these ‘conservatives’ seem so very angry about a federal government program designed to do nothing other than protect the glorious Homeland from Terrorists. And we know that this is the purpose of the DHS program because that’s what the Government said its purpose is. So what else is there to know? That’s the lesson we all learned over the last eight years: Bush said that all of his secret surveillance programs were only directed at Al Qaeda, so how can anyone say otherwise?” — Glenn Greenwald, Slate, in response to right-wing criticism of the Department of Homeland Security
“From the moment The Times Co. purchased The Globe in 1993 it has treated New England’s largest newspaper like a cheap whore.” — Eileen McNamara, Boston Herald
“The metaphor of content as a cascading stream means there is no unit — a stream is a stream, it has no discernible building blocks.” — Martin Langeveld, Nieman Journalism Lab. (Sixteen grafs later, he writes that a drop in the stream would be a basic unit.)
“Google and aggregators and bloggers are bringing value to you; they should be charging you for the value they bring.” — Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine (He loves Google so much, he’s written a book called What Would Google Do?) He then gets ripped by a commenter who makes a convincing case that Google isn’t bringing value; it’s bringing traffic.
“Say this much for Good Old Roy. The guy never has been afraid of heights.” — Gary Shelton, St. Petersburg Times. (The too-obviously foreshadowed punch line from the always-entertaining Shelton, after opining that UNC coach Roy Williams must have felt like he was on top of the world following his team’s basketball championship.)
Posted in media criticism, news industry, Newspaper industry
Tagged Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Eileen McNamara, Gary Shelton, Jeff Jarvis, Martin Langeveld, New York Times, news industry, Newspaper industry, Nieman Journalism Lab, North Carolina basketball, Online journalism, Roy Williams, St. Petersburg Times
Alas, these two journalists took markedly different routes to unemployment. Dave Reynolds, sports anchor, was laid off by WFLA on Monday:
“I already have some prospects, and I hope to find work soon,” he said. “I realize that I was not the only person laid off and these are difficult times for the news media. I’m just focusing on providing for my family.”
Reynolds and his wife, Holly, have a 4-year-old son.
In contrast, Nicole Wong also gave up her job — to save someone else’s:
She writes, “I was hoping I’d get to be the one who breaks the news to you that I’ve volunteered to be laid off from the Boston Globe in order to save the job of a reporter who has less seniority than me and who has greater needs to stay in the Boston area due to family commitments and other obligations. But who am I kidding? This is a newsroom!
You’re one in a million, Nicole.
Posted in headlines, Multimedia, news industry, newspaper cutbacks, newspapers
Tagged Boston Globe, Dave Reynolds, Jan Coats, Media General, Nicole Wong, Talking Biz News, Tampa Tribune, WFLA Channel 8
So says David Mehegan, who took a buyout from the Boston Globe after 33 years of service:
There’s a lot of innovation that’s going to go on. I just don’t think it’s going to be done by the management of papers as we now know them. I don’t think they have the imagination. I shouldn’t make a sweeping statement, but so far, what I see is just cutting and cutting and hoping some kind of miracle happens. I don’t mean that that’s the character of this company more than it is the character of any other. I just think that, for the most part, most newspaper management is in a state of shock. They’re not really going to be the ones to do it.
But Mehegan is being a class act as he leaves:
Posted in media criticism, media ownership, news industry, newspaper cutbacks, Newspaper industry, newspapers, newsroom layoffs
Tagged Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, David Mehegan, Marty Baron, newspaper cutbacks, Newspaper industry, newsroom layoffs
Want to know what the top 15 newspaper websites were of 2008 in terms of traffic? Of course you do, and the fine folks at Nieman Journalism Lab are all over it, compiling the data.
They have the overall rankings, a closer analysis of the top five national newspapers, as well as a look at six regional newspapers that enjoyed substantial audience growth over the past year.
Posted in Mainstream media, news industry, Newspaper industry, newspaper websites, Online journalism, The Internet
Tagged Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Newsday, Nieman Journalism Lab, politico, San Francisco Chronicle, top newspaper websites, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post
Guest columnist David Scharfenberg suggested in a column for Boston.com that the government should set aside $100 million for a journalism fund to:
seed low-cost, Internet-based news operations in cities large and small – combining vigorous, professional reporting with blogging, video posts, citizen journalism, and aggregation of stories from other sources.
I personally think competition and innovation is the best solution to the industry’s well-documented woes.
Posted in media criticism, news industry, Online journalism
Tagged Boston Globe, Boston.com, David Scharfenberg, journalism fund, liberal agenda, media bias, New York Times, news industry, Newspaper Death Watch, Newspaper industry