We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our site. Click here to find out more. Allow cookies
x
LOG IN HERE
Username
Password

arrow Register here

Forgotten password?

THE CHATTER BOX

 
  
  
  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
  
  
  
 
Messages 1 2 

US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by bIG bLOGGER on 19 March 2009 4:15pm
 
From several reports in the British National Press recently,the situation sounds rather dire.

The Journal Register Company,parent company of the New Haven Register,Connecticut's second-largest newspaper published since 1755,filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in February,2009.

Also in February,the 145 year-old leading daily,The San Francisco Chronicle,owned since 2000 by the Hearst Corporation,said it was in danger of closure if a way could not be found to cut costs. It is running at a loss of $50 million dollars a year.
This followed news that the Philadelphia Inquirer had filed for Bankruptcy protection.
It followed last December's decision of the Tribune Group owner Sam Zell,which controls the Chigago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times,to file for Bankruptcy Protection.

The situation does not seem limited to any one area of the United States,but is a nationwide reversal in fortune. Thus,in the north,the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is in bankruptcy. Even the New York Times has had to tap funds from Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

In Southern California,the San Diego Union-Tribune faces closure unless new owners can be found. The Denver (Colorado) Rocky Mountain News is in similar straits. And the Boston Christian Science Monitor has discontinued its daily print edition and will now only operate an online version.

This week,after 146 years in print,the Seattle Post-Intelligencer breathed its last after losses in 2008 hit $14 million dollars,due to plummeting advertising revenue and a dwindling circulation,victim of a cruel recession which is affecting homes,banks,jobs,exports,and not least of all....centuries-old newspapers.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by fairygirl48 on 19 March 2009 5:17pm
 
Good thing I always say I'm working on a journalism degree because I love the work, not because I expect to be successful!

One of my professors last semester said she was quite confident that the newspaper wouldn't die with my generation. I hope she's right.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by kazzzz on 20 March 2009 2:26am
 
Just on the newspaper topic, I saw yesterday that the UK Sun has puiblished a memorial tribute to Jade Goody, who is still alive but on death's door by all accounts.
How utterly disgusting, imagine how her family (inclduing her little children) feel.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by tucsonmike on 20 March 2009 3:20am
 
LOL Heather, welcome back! We have two newspapers in Tucson. The Citizen is the afternoon paper and that is day to day, they might have a buyer.

If you look @ American newspapers, there are fewer articles and more Internet stuff.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by fairygirl48 on 20 March 2009 3:30am
 
Haha, yes, I'm still alive and reading posts daily in between classes. If things get worse and I can't find work when I graduate I'll try plan B--writing deliciously bad romance stories.

Not kidding. ;-)

You're right, and it pains me when the arts and entertainment sections start being affected by cuts. That's the area I want to go into.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by Spursfan on 20 March 2009 9:14am
 
Kazzzz - I don't know about the Sun, but OK Magazine has printed a special 'tribute' issue, apparently containing her last words!

Originally, this was defended and it was said that the family were touched with it - the contents were kind to Jade - but then the other day the magazine issued an apology.

Personally I think it is sick beyond belief to issue spmething like that - a tribute to someone who 'has died' - before they take their last breath!! EVEN if you know it is inevitable in the next few days!!

On another tack, should a magazine be dedicated to Jade Goody like that anyway? At the end of the day she is an extremely MINOR celeb. It is sad in ANY circumstances when a young mum dies, of course, and I would not wish that on anyone. But to issue a tribute issue??
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by mrsthing on 21 March 2009 12:15am
 
The New Haven Register is a piece of crap anyway--not worth the paper it's printed on. I only buy it when I can't get a Hartford Courant--even though the Register is much more local.

Personally, I'd rather save the trees and get my news online. We only get the Sunday Courant now--no daily papers. That's probably what's killing the newspaper industry--online news.
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by mrsteabag on 21 March 2009 1:03am
 
Alas, I am a relic of the Algonquin Round Table days: type your manuscript, drop in mail, wait and get check. Learning the ins and outs of online publishing has been a close second to learning how to eat all over again for me.
The Chicago Tribune is but a shadow of its former self, but we're far enough out that it takes something really horrific to get a mention. Our local paper, the Kendall County Record, is not just local but provincial in the extreme. Thank heavens for BBC and NPR and other news outlets. Granted, there's something about a Sunday paper and a pot of beverage that can't be topped....
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by Lounge Trekker on 22 March 2009 2:05am
 
Personally, I hope for an extension to the life-expectancy of 'the newspaper'. Our local newspapers (yes, believe it or not, we are given two) come five days a week and I read every one - in the time it takes me to light a fire in my woodstove! They are nothing but advertising and pictures of local people. No truthful news, just opinions and bunk.

I asked them (in jest) to deliver blank paper because it burns better.

But seriously, I think newsprint media is doomed. As a society we are flooded with information, misinformation and disinformation and voluntarily subjecting yourself to it is contrary to our basic instincts. When we get 'the news' without even trying, a 'news' paper seems to be a lot of padding on classified ads. Oh, journalism will undergo some changes and will continue to be an important watchdog on the political problems we have no choice but to elect.

Sardonic Trekker

P.S. Hi Heather!
 
Re: US Newspapers:are they in danger of becoming "yesterday's news"...? by peripatetically on 22 March 2009 12:33pm
 
Our city used to ahve two major newspapers. One died long ago and now the remaining one is so thin from downsizing stories and journalists that it's almost a waste of time picking it up to read. because our family has always been adamant readers of the news, we haven't yet cancelled our prescription. Sometimes there is local news that you get that isn't on TV or on the net. But the time is fast approaching that even that will no longer exist. It's a pity, really.
 
Messages 1 2 




  Reply to this post:
 
 
  Username 
 
 
  Password 
 
 
 
 
  Register here
 

INSTRUCTIONS

Select a discussion theme.
Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).

To start a new discussion topic:

Write the name of the topic in the 'Subject' box.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To join a discussion topic:

Click on the discussion topic of your choice.
Type your message in the larger box to contribute.
Click 'Submit'.

To edit your message:

You can edit a message at any time after posting it as long as you're signed in.
Click on the 'Edit your message' link above the message.
Make your desired changes.
Click 'Submit'.

If you find you don't want to change the message after all, click on 'Return without changes'.

To set a chatmark:

Register (or log in if you have not yet done so).
Click on the "Set chatmark" link on the Chatter Box pages. This will set the time at which you have logged in.
Click on the "Go to chatmark" link to see all messages posted since you set your chatmark.

You can set your chatmark at any time and as often as you like.