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Dept. of You Are Kidding, Right?

Gee, D'ya Think?

I pay occasional attention to a LinkedIn discussion group for online reporters and editors. It doesn't often have much to commend it, and today's post was ... well, here's the title: "As Newsrooms Have Layoffs, Content Could Suffer."

No shit, Sherlock. 

*goes to bang head rhythmically against wall*

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/376786.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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lost_spook
Sep. 8th, 2015 07:13 pm (UTC)
Well, you know, someone's got to state the obviously, I suppose... ;-)
kaffyr
Sep. 8th, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Heh ... while I often take on the job of Captain Obvious, this headline took the cake for someone who has survived layoff after layoff after company sale after company sale. Argh.
maruad
Sep. 8th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
I wonder how much of the slack created by the decontenting newspapers is being picked up by specialty blogs. I have recently started paying a minimal sum to read a Pittsburgh based sports blog because they signed the former editor of a fan based sports blog that I followed for several years. It is now one of the two best sites, imo, for following NFL football from the perspective of a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. The other site is a new one run by a couple of fans who had been stellar contributors to the old fan blog.

I go to these sites because there isn't any newspaper/tv/radio site that offers as much meaningful analysis and insight on the topic. I don't need the useless factoid journalism (not you btw) that seems to abound for a topic where I am already conversant with the basic issues and background. I wonder how long before more specialty sites take flight for various readers.
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
What you describe is one of the things that many journalists and fans of keeping the general public well informed have feared for some time. People are no longer looking to newspapers or periodicals for the information they want; they go to niche publications or sites to get it. And in self-selecting out of general news offerings, they may get what they want (or, more dangerously, what they want to read/see), and miss the opportunity to get the news they need.

Consider this. How many of we older folk discovered stories and news we didn't expect to find while turning to page 4 to read the last half of a page 1 story and seeing that story we weren't looking for on page 3? How often can that happen now, when people know what they want and go directly there? They'll never read that story on page 3 - and in missing it, may have missed something important to their future, or to their understanding of their neighborhood, their town, their country, the world.

I don't know the answer to that question, but I fear it.
maruad
Sep. 9th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
I don't know how it will work for the general public. Being retired and not having enough to read, I read the offerings of several news sites (including those that do local coverage) but I know what you mean. The off chance that a small article or ad that will catch my attention and drag me into an unexplored area of knowledge.
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2015 08:56 pm (UTC)
I read the offerings of several news sites (including those that do local coverage

I salute you! Seriously, I really salute you; I wish more people did that. Hell, I wish I did it more!

maruad
Sep. 10th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
It is partly lethargy and boredom... I am too lazy to get up and do something useful but I get bored just sitting there and even video games get dull after awhile so there you go. Less worthy of being saluted as me needed to get out more.
sallymn
Sep. 9th, 2015 01:11 am (UTC)
I would NEVER have thought of that on my own...

kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC)
Heh ... hurrah for sallymn, bringing the snark just when it's needed!

Edited at 2015-09-09 04:10 pm (UTC)
liadtbunny
Sep. 9th, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
Ha! I guess some people will write anything to stop their site becoming a cobweb.
kaffyr
Sep. 9th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)
Probably. But I'd rather have no readers than no clue (or no shame, given the sad probability that whoever wrote the commentary knows the answer damn well.) Ah, well ....
a_phoenixdragon
Sep. 10th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
OMFG...

*Helpless eye-rolling*
kaffyr
Sep. 15th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
inorite?

Gah.
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