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Philly's Journalists Won't Return to 1989new

It wasn't difficult to see this coming: Brian Tierney's "Keep It Local" campaign to retain control of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News apparently applies only to ownership -- not to the employees of those newspapers.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Joel Mathis  |  10-05-2009  |  Media

Meet Creative Loafing's New Bossesnew

On Aug. 27, the staff of Creative Loafing Atlanta was delivered what could be described as refreshing news from a trio of strangers: After nearly a year of staff cuts, job insecurity and legal wrangling, the paper’s parent company Creative Loafing Inc. had successfully emerged from bankruptcy.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Thomas Wheatley  |  09-22-2009  |  Media

How Broken is the Newspaper Business? We're About to Find

The good news: When the dust clears from the recession, analysts expect that most newspapers will be poised for a recovery. The bad: It's largely because they've fired at least a quarter of their newsroom, and the business model is still badly broken.
Style Weekly  |  Scott Bass  |  09-16-2009  |  Media

With Media General in Financial Trouble, Could Charlottesvill Lose its Daily Paper?new

Are The Daily Progress' cost-cutting measures an unfortunate example of a community paper suffocating under the weight of its parent company's debts? Or is the paper independently suffering significant revenue declines of its own?
C-Ville Weekly  |  Katherine Ludwig  |  07-08-2009  |  Media

The Peculiar Challenges of Archiving Newspapers in the Information Agenew

Newspapers are practicing a journalism that will probably turn out to be as different from tomorrow's as it is from yesterday's. Transitional periods are fascinating as they happen and damned hard later to reconstruct. How complete will the record be of this one?
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  07-07-2009  |  Media

The New York Times Co.'s Baffling 'Globe' Strategynew

On Monday, the Boston Newspaper Guild rejected the Times Co.'s latest contract offer, paving the way for a protracted legal fight. Given the razor-thin margin of defeat, a bit of artful suasion on the part of the Times Co. could have reversed the outcome. Instead, it actually seemed intent on not getting to yes.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  06-10-2009  |  Media

What Do 'Old Rockers' Have to Teach the Newspaper Business?new

"Old rockers" such as Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello are still reinventing themselves, writing new songs, trying new forms, challenging their audiences. If I'm looking for a longevity model for my newspaper — or any business, for that matter — that's where I'm going.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Bruce VanWyngarden  |  06-01-2009  |  Commentary

Die Zombie Newspapers, Die!new

Like much of what we've been reading in our daily newspapers, the story about the collapse of journalism is old news. Newspapers have been dead for quite a while. The only twist is that their rancid zombie bodies have finally followed suit.
Artvoice  |  Michael I. Niman  |  05-29-2009  |  Media

'Boston Globe' Lives To Die Another Daynew

Now that the New York Times Company and the Boston Newspaper Guild have agreed to a deal that will keep the Boston Globe alive, the great unanswered question becomes: what, exactly, does the Times Co. plan to do now?
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  05-07-2009  |  Media

Will the 'Boston Globe' Survive?new

It still feels strange to ask the question: local press watchers (including me) have long assumed that the tabloid Boston Herald would die before its bigger, more sophisticated, more popular broadsheet competitor. Not anymore.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  04-30-2009  |  Media

How Big Media Is Devouring Itself in the Era of Post-Colonialismnew

Complaints about the death of daily newspapers generally suggest that America's media giants are merely the victims of terrible external forces, not their own horrible business decisions. Accusing the Internet of pulpicide, though, is a little like giving barbarian invaders full credit for the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Memphis Flyer  |  Chris Davis  |  04-20-2009  |  Media

Does 'The Sun' Have Anything to Teach the Miserable Newspaper?new

Sy Safransky, The Sun's founder, editor, and publisher, doesn’t worry about advertising falling off because the Sun carries none. The readers, almost all of them subscribers, pay the freight.
Chicago Reader  |  Michael Miner  |  04-13-2009  |  Media

The 'Boston Globe' Crisis Leaves Times Co. Speechlessnew

The Boston Globe usually buries its own woes deep inside the paper, but it played the current union showdown with front-page, above-the-fold headlines on both Saturday and Sunday.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  04-09-2009  |  Media

Act to Save Papersnew

Hey, readers: The future of newspapers is in your hands.
Tucson Weekly  |  Irene Messina  |  04-08-2009  |  Commentary

Will All Newspapers Die?new

There has been a great deal of hand-wringing lately over the state of our nation's newspapers, with the forecast that "print journalism is dead." The reality is that the decline of mainstream newspapers was foretold a long time ago.
Random Lengths News  |  James Preston Allen  |  04-04-2009  |  Commentary

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