"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." - Nora Ephron
My local paper charges a subscription for online access to content but allows access to classifieds for free. They are leveraging the fact that they have a monopoly on the local news to secure revenue, and they are using the free access to classifieds to justify charging more for them. Additionally, they know the comments on the site are popular reading (talk about your small town gossip!) and they keep those behind the subscription gate as well.
From what I understand, newspapers are still not generating a healthy amount of revenue from their online versions, whether they provide content free or not.
Next Reds manager, second shooter. --Confirmed on Redszone.
The Enquirer is a terrible paper and getting worse by the day. Its standards are in freefall, no doubt in part because it's understaffed at this point, and the outsourcing has taken a toll. This is in no way a knock against the many wonderful people who work there (one of whom is a relative of mine, who was kind of screwed over for years before finally taking a package last fall). And I feel awful for the people who are getting laid off, and I mourn the loss of a profession they've put so much into and on an individual basis have no doubt done very well. I just have a hard time feeling sympathy for the conglomerate itself, which has fallen victim to the economy but also to its own greed and poor choices. In a world in which there are so many new ways to get news, you have to get better at how you present it, not worse. The only reason the music industry didn't die in the face of its initial resistance to the internet is because there was still good music to be had.
I like holding a newspaper in my hands more than most, I suspect. But I think I'd rather not hold one than hold a bad one.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
I picked an awful time to graduate with a degree in public affairs journalism.
Newspapers are dying. Browsing through the job market, you can see as much. The Seattle Post Intelligencer closed, the Rocky Mountain News closed, and so on and so forth. The newspaper in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio might as well be closed. Most of their main offices have moved to Dayton, and the paper itself comes closer every day to matching the OSU student paper The Lantern in terms of length.
It's depressing for me. I worked for the student paper at OSU and I loved it. And I would love to make a career out of it. Unfortunately, that's not very realistic.
At least when things were locally owned there was an owner in town who took the paper every day or watched the news every night and might have some personal pride invested in making it worth reading or worth watching.
Now, the Enqurier is just another row on Gannett's balance sheet.
24 Years and Counting...
Here's my story on the newspaper industry. I'm an attorney who deals with some issues that journalist deal with. I used to work for the government, six years ago I started out on my own in a solo practice. I mistakingly thought that one source of clients would be newspapers/media.
I found out that they wouldn't use my services because when they did use the services of an attorney who did what I did, they used their big law firm that handled all their matters. Of course, they didn't pursue these types of actions very much because they found it too expensive (because they used a big law firm that threw lots of associates at it to drive up the bill). While I know get calls from the media for quotes on stories, I still don't have any as clients (I've done well with others so I'm ok).
The way I see it is that newspapers still look at they way they do business inside the box that was created 25 years ago. Until they figure out new ways to do things, they will continue to go away.
I however will continue to take a paper (currently the Washington Post) as long as they print box scores--nothing is better than having that sheet in front of you with a cup of coffee. That is heaven that can't be replaced by a computer.
I stopped reading the Enquirer due to its poor standards and switched to reading the Wall Street Journal every day. For those of you that have never given it a shot, you should. There is more interesting and relevant reporting in one issue than there is in a whole month of most major dailies. It is not just about business and does not have as much of a rightist slant as it is given credit for.
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
If you have legitimate writing talent, you'll be ok. You'd be surprised how many poor writers exist in the business world. Good organizations recognize outstanding writing talent when they see it and you should be able to see some opportunities.
Kevin Gregg and Jason Marquis brought back vivid memories of the Lost Decade.
Kevin Gregg: DFA'd May 11, 2015
Jason Marquis: DFA'd June 5, 2015
What kind of newspaper would RedsZoners design? What would meet your needs? If it were on paper, what would it be like? If it were only online, what would it be like?
I love newspapers, especially when I'm visiting other cities, but it seems like anymore, I can get better news from blogs and social network tools like Twitter.
My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!
I also feel that modern newspapers should focus on analysis as most of us already know of the events being recounted by the time they hit the printing press.
I could easily violate board rules with this comment, not that it is my intent, but reds1869 is also correct IMO regarding its news slant. Its editorial page is clearly conservative, but as I understand it the editorial department is separate from the news department, and the latter appears to me to be pretty much middle-of-the-road and about as straight as you could hope for. All the WSJ needs now is a good comics page, with someone persuading
Bill Watterson to start up "Calvin & Hobbes" again.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
As for blogs, I primarily go to sports related blogs, but Drudge does tend to break a lot of news before it hits anywhere else.