In a week that has seen news of massive cuts across the news industry, particularly at Gannett, a piece by Chris Stanfield seems to ring even more true. Stanfield wonders “Who will bail out the Fourth Estate?”
His piece, which I urge you to read, compares the Wall Street bailout and the state of the news industry. He says:
Until our nation (and more specifically, our industry) can answer the question – how much is enough – and until we can break the chains of greed from within our own walls, I sincerely doubt much innovation will take place. Last but not least, let us not forget that behind our greatest asset are the people who produce it.
We have to stop laying them off.
We have to stop letting them leave for PR jobs.
We have to stop ignoring the passion they bring to the table and start to capitalize on it.
I could not agree more. Instead of getting rid of experienced journalists, seize their ideas. Instead of imitating everyone else, newspapers need to produce GOOD journalism, journalism that people need. I don’t see how you can produce good journalism with less.
I am incredibly glad I don’t have to write the “Recession is official” story. Wow, there’s some breaking news. We’re in a recession? Who knew?
This is a bit off topic, but it angers me. What angers me most is I’m not surprised by this.
As the New York Times reports, a 19-year-old threatened to kill himself online, posted the link, then did it. Instead of trying to stop him, he was reportedly “egged on” by other posters.
This is sick, but it’s just the next step down a sad hill. People have exhibited Internet cruelty for years. My students deal with insults and rumors posted by anonymous fellow students on juicycampus far too often.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m for free speech. I just wish people would use their voices in a responsible way. Like maybe telling a suicidal man to stop. And maybe, just maybe, trying to change the world for the better, not the worse.
I used 22 Things Never to Say to A Newspaper Designer in my class today. This is fabulous! And the students laughed at #10, perhaps because of my wardrobe …
Mark Potts has a hilarious post on the upcoming meeting of newspaper executives to save, well, newspapers.
Anyone who has worked in journalism will understand this …