Friday, February 06, 2009

Some newsdays are better than others

[From Jeff Jarvis, at BuzzMachine]

One of the more head-scratching solutions papers are clawing at to save themselves is eliminating a day or two of print, as these Ohio papers are doing on Tuesdays. It’s ridiculous to say that’s a no-news day. But what this really does is make a lie of the supposed necessity of printing the news. Printing is merely a commercial convenience, it says. Tuesday is merely the first domino.

Maine's largest daily, the might Portland Press Herald, is so thin on Mondays, it resembles a broadsheet. Come to think of it, the paper's not much better the rest of the week, and even the vaunted Sunday edition lacks previous girth and substance.

Not sure how many caught yesterday morning's great feature on NPR's Morning Edition, about the importance of daily newspapers, and in particular, the Hartford Courant. Listen here. For those without audio, here's the print version.


Mark LaFlamme said...

What's interesting is this new sharing system between area papers. We're all trying to fatten up our news content by pilfering stories from former competitors. Maybe it's a matter of survival, but it still jars me to see a PPH byline on the front page of the SJ. Feels unnatural, like kissing your sister.
I've said too much.

Jim said...

What other choice does the current model of staff cuts offer? You can't develop investigative content, cutting-edge features, and original material, when staff writers are asked to be all things to all people.

"Kissing your sister" is an interesting term, particularly when used in the context of sports--"a tie is like kissing your sister." What does that mean?