Blogging from my sickbed, proving that life goes on, however slowly:

  • Job cuts at papers shrink coverage. An LA Times business story on a particularly grim time in newspapering in California, and the impact that may be having on what gets covered. Not pretty.
  • More Americans turning to Web for news. The headline is only part of what a recent survey found. There’s also this: “While most people think journalism is important to the quality of life, 64 percent are dissatisfied with the quality of journalism in their communities.” The results are from an online poll, so keep the grains of salt handy.
  • McClatchy Takes Another: $1.39 Billion Goodwill Writedown In Q4; Only $1 Billion In Goodwill Left. I’m not enough of a biz-guy to fully understand what a goodwill writedown is, but it appears that the value of McClatchy’s buyout of Knight-Ridder has been pretty much razed.
  • Newspaper Roundup: Media General; Gannett; McClatchy, Journal Communications. I think, when it comes to reporting on media company financial results, sites like Paid Content are getting dangerously close to running out of minus signs.
  • Oh, stop whining. I am semi-hooked on angryjournalist.com, although it does get a little tiring in anything other than small doses. I also love John McIntyre’s response to the whole thing. A sample: “Of course your boss is a moron. Don’t you read Dilbert?”
  • Wannabes in the Lobby. A newspaper does an on-camera gotcha with a TV anchor, which is great fun to watch, but as Stewart Pittman writes: “…the resulting footage rings a bit hollow. Sure, it’s fun watching a News Director squirm – but over allegations they stole a story from a competitor? C’mon, people!…Pick something really egregious next time; maybe then you won’t come across as high school sophomores itching for a studio tour of their local Tee-Vee station.
  • The Circuit. Add this Lost Remote forum site to the list of places you visit regularly for media chatter/debate. It’s new, but there is already interesting stuff there, and not just for the TV folk.
  • garage journalism. An interesting essay that pokes and prods the ideas of local journalism and “small-unit publishing,” bringing into the mix a 1940s (?) newsreel about journalism and the suggestion, “It’s good for journalists to reflect that a fully-paid up salaried profession may not be the future, was not always the past and may not even be an accurate representation of the present any longer.” This is one of those posts that bears a lot of thought.
  • One Extra Day. Bill Greene of the Boston Globe has an artsy (in the best sense) video essay on leap day. More newspapers need to explore this type of column “writing,” I think, but only if they have the video storytellers who can pull it off.
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