Skip to comments.How can newspapers be saved? First, fire the journalists.
Posted on 12/07/2013 7:50:52 PM PST by BruceDeitrickPrice
Newspapers are losing circulation and advertising revenue. Many old-time publications are going out of business.
Theres no question that selling newspapers has gotten more difficult because of the Internet. Fifty years ago people settled down for an hour every day with their newspapers. That pattern is disappearing.
Equally, there is no question that newspapers have made their situation worse. They insist on being politically correct, liberal, progressive, or whatever you want to say. What they dont insist on doing is telling the facts and letting readers think for themselves. Perish that thought
The problem across America is that the so-called mainstream media is not mainstream at all. Its liberal media, and they produce a predictable, flat, boring product consisting of roughly 85% politically correct views mixed with a scattering of 15% non-politically correct views. And thats on an adventurous day.
There used to be people called reporters who would knock down doors to get a story. We dont have those people anymore. Now we have political operatives called journalists. They are trained to package and manipulate the news, not to report the news.
On a day (Oct. 9, 2013) when Obamas approval rating dropped to 37% (which is the real story), liberal media were screaming that the publics approval of Congress had dropped to 20%. But that second statistic is almost meaningless. A big block of people are mad at Congress for opposing Obama. But probably a similar number are mad at Congress for NOT opposing Obama. So why would any self-respecting journalist emphasize the 20% number and ignore the 37% number? Because they are journalists.
The Far-left (a.k.a. Commies) always try to seize control of education and media. They do a great job of seizing control. So now a degree in journalism means a degree in progressive ideology...
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Putting a target on journalists is ok, but IMHO, the major problem killing most newspapers is the caliber of the owners and editors. Silly and biased stories can be killed if the owner and/or editors are responsible. If not, bias will fill every page, e.g., New York Slimes, Washington Compost.
You make a good point. I always say businesses don’t fail because of the workers. They fail because of the management. It is the same with editors, who are ultimately the managers of the stories being produced.
I used to love the newspaper format in my younger days, it is the leftwing bias that turned me off of them.
They are a lot more than 85% liberal PC, maybe the DAILY OKLAHOMAN or the UNION-LEADER might get 15% non-PC on a good day
Compete or go bankrupt. How hard is that to figure out?
If a conservative daily were available where I live, I wouldn’t hesitate to subscribe.
There are no conservative dailies anywhere. The Washington Times was closest and it is now web only.
Why, exactly , would we want to save them?
The obits and the funny papers? Weddings?
I confess to liking the puzzles. But they can be had online easily.
I tend to agree. I’ve traveled across the US and probably read around a hundred different US papers over my life. Seventy percent are slanted left....maybe twenty-five percent are mostly neutral. I’ve come across a few papers in Utah and Florida that I’d regard lightly leaning on the right.
The general problem is that the customer base that would have stood by the papers....are dying off. In today’s atmosphere, it’s going digital and in twenty years....there won’t be a single paper-format newspaper produced in the country. Even the guys who produce the raw paper for the industry know there’s stopping point somewhere in the near future and less thought put into new technology for product.
In some ways, it’s easier today to start a paper from scratch....if you were going to be an entirely digital unit. A guy could have the server in his garage, hire six local college kids, and have five full-time guys walking around the county doing on-the-spot interviews and publishing in seconds, not hours.
Ditto... crossword, sudoku, crypto quote cypher... and the classified... anr maybe the police blotter for laughs are about all I can handle in the local daily rag.
Oh! Maybe the horoscope for sh!tz-n-giggles occasionally too.
Check out my cryptoquip site: www.wordles.com
Been online for many years - enjoy!
Problem as I see it—and I have worked and written for newspapers—is they do not see the paper as a business-to them its a public service. They tell the people what they ought to think. Problem is, once long ago—reporters were grown from within the paper itself—people would be copy boys, then cub reporters then go up the ladder. Now they come out of Liberal dominated colleges. They write for each other—not the man on the street. Theywn rite to impress their liberal friends they golf with—and not the guy on the corner store. Its a mind set that infects the Editors and owners—who are elitists. BUT it doesn’t have to be so—Look at the successful papers in England? How to save the Newspapers? My advise for any who whats it.
1. Get classy Reporters with style—celebrities who can dig out a story even if they get tossed in the clink. let them write expose stories people want to read. Like: Corruption at City Hall, What about brothels—how much do they charge?
2. get stuff in the paper that people can’t get on the net for free! Don’t give it away! maybe people want to subscribe.
3. Get better Cartoons! Peanuts was funny in the 1970s—not any more—Get unique stuff.
4. Local news! Its all local—boy scouts, sports, Local scandals, Whats happening with local boys in the mittary!
5. Put in stuff people want to read—even controversal stuff. Like haunted houses, UFOs, Lost Treasures Big foot, etc... Unsoved historical mysteries.
6. Here is one—Post Jobs for Free! people looking for work will buy the paper—why let this go to Craigs List?
7. Think outside of the box—a bunch of stories on important things—rececipes, Reviews, Sermons—etc... Exposes.
8. How about a page given over to the DNC—talking points==and another to the GOP and Libertarians, hey even the Communists or other Nut case groups.
Why, exactly , would we want to save them?
I normally stack them up in a pile and when the stack is about 10 inches high, bind them with jute twine and then recycle them.
Good litmus test is if they carry Doonesbury and if so where they place it. I like your free employement classifieds suggestion... I would screen it for local jobs only, however... like as in "free, if you bring the ad in to Sally Mae before 11am on the day before it would first run".
Been online for many years - enjoy!
The thing is, it is the structure of having the ritual of going down the street at lunchtime to the newsstand and getting the paper... going back and giving the sports section to one guy, the front section to another and then doing the sudoku in the classifieds... I can always return tothe break room on my way out for an afternoon smoke and grab the cypher and usually nail it... or not. If I can't, no big deal... tomorrow is another. I think, for me, it is about not being on a stupid computer.
printed newspapers cannot be saved...
they hate conservatives and republicants in general..
any business plan that calls for alienating over half of your potential customers right off the bat is doomed to failure..
I have to disagree with the premise that the decline of newspapers is because of the bias of their reporters. Newspapers and reporters have always been biased. What is killing newspapers, regardless of their political leaning, is technology and the internet. Twenty years ago I took the daily and Sunday paper wherever I lived. Now I get no paper but still read the news. Everything I used to get from the paper by subscribing to it; news, editorials, want ads, advertisements, comics, etc., I can get in spades from the internet for nothing.
Agreed! The rituals are important.
A lot of our subscribers are elderly folks who print out the daily email and solve it with coffee. When we miss a day for some reason we get inundated with emails about how they can't start the day without their puzzle. ;-)
This generation doesn't read newspapers...the next one won't either...
Everybody under 30 has internet access via iPad or smartphone...
Horse and buggy whip syndrome...
I haven't picked up a newspaper in 10 years and I'm 54...
it’s the progressive claptrap people no longer want
One of the great comforts in my life was to sit down in my chair in the Family Room with a fresh cup of coffee and the newspaper.
While I do most of my news reading on line now that is because there are no more conservative newspapers left. I used to get The Washington Times delivered but they decided to cut their print edition to the county just north of us. For some reason I hate reading newspapers on line, even if they are the PDF version of the hard copy.
I use a 37 inch HDTV as my monitor but the endless scrolling and zooming in and out pains me. I also love the feel of the paper in my hand. That goes the same for books. I love the bound editions and eschew Kindles and such.
We subscribed to the Washington Times by mail in PA but they stopped that service a few years ago; now we only get their weekly edition. Can’t even begin to compare. We get the Philly Inq—mostly ads now. Only useful parts are tv schedule, crossword, comics and Krauthammer’s column once a week. Not a peep about Obamacare problems...
are you drunk?
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