An interesting blog by a veteran in publishing, with a different perspective than mine on the decline of the newspaper. Check out his blog!
“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” —Mark Twain
Not so with newspapers. The decline was heralded long ago, even before social media and the internet. From my association of nearly 50 years in the newspaper field, starting at the very bottom to the very top and a lot of jobs in between, the death knell was when the chains started skinning them alive like a mad school of piranha.
First to go were the cold-type composition guys. Then adv. typesetting & paste-up departments were merged. Cities with multiple papers woke up to just one paper. Small town independent weeklies were absorbed, staffs reduced, content became shared; all of a sudden you were reading more about items two towns over than your own.
This all came flooding back as I was reading a guest blog by Linda G. Hill over at the Harsh Reality blog. She titled…
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