Category Newspapers

A bad week for journalists

The latest round of journalistic cost-cutting is having a significant immediate impact on newsrooms, most prominently (but far from alone) those owned by Gannett. The Virginia-based newspaper publisher announced in September a 1% workforce reduction, which played out in many places last week. Among the departures (links contain the reported details): About a dozen in […]

Digital First’s paywalls and what they mean in Detroit

I’ve had an interesting vantage point, at The Detroit News, from which to watch and learn more about the journalism debate over whether news content should be offered for free on the web or put behind a paywall for subscribers only. Digital First Media, which famously eschewed paywalls, took over management of our sister Media […]

A call to action for newspaper staffs

New rounds of layoffs, home delivery cutbacks and advertising losses remind us of the urgency we must have in changing the newspaper business. Many journalists are engaged in that change every day. Each day they find resistance from colleagues who either aren’t thinking about the future or don’t clearly see the options facing the industry. […]

The mystery behind the photo layoffs at the Chicago Sun-Times

A week after the Chicago Sun-Times mass layoff of its photo staff, I’m perplexed by two things. The first is the sense of outrage from sectors of the journalism community. The second is why the Sun-Times seemed to place so little value on still photography even before the layoffs. In the aftermath, I understand the […]

Public service journalism: What we can’t give up

With shrinking staffs and growing demands, reporters and editors for years have been asking, “What can we give up?” It’s a fair question (and one I’ll get to), but we learn far more when we  ask: What can we not give up? That answer is simple: Public service journalism. Despite smaller staffs, more frequent deadlines and diminishing […]

A gut punch for “digital first” advocates

On the great scale weighing two alternative futures of the newspaper business, Journal Register has had all its weights on one side. Print is dead. Go digital first. And fast. It’s an attractive message. It’s a vision, after all. As the rest of the industry meanders toward a digital future, these folks are racing ahead. For the […]

Should news values change with the times?

Vigorous, but not vicious. Interesting, but not sensational. Fearless, but fair. They were core values for The Detroit News — in 1916. Are they appropriate standards for the 21st century? I recently came across a style book, dated the year before The News moved into its present building, that gave a detailed explanation of the […]