Essential reading for journalists caught in the meltdown

By Robert Niles at OJR: “Lost amongst the angst and anger over the bankruptcies running through the news business like a cold through a kindergarten is the wisdom that a few smart voices have offered, and continue to offer, this industry. Not everyone was caught asleep by what has happened over the past few years. If the people running the nation’s newspaper companies had listened to those voices before, more newsrooms would be thriving now.” Not sure I completely agree with the thesis (journalists are blameless, it’s those management types again) but a group of interesting articles pulled together.

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One Response to Essential reading for journalists caught in the meltdown

  1. Donal O'Donovan says:

    Interesting piece in the American on the wider topic.

    “Peering through the murk of doomsaying, the state of newspapers as financial entities does not reflect their basic strengths as brands. Many besides GateHouse are in financial trouble because the assets on their balance sheets are heavily tilted toward the airy—“Goodwill,” “Intangibles”—while the liabilities are hard debt and pension obligations.”

    http://american.com/archive/2009/february-2009/preparing-the-obituary

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