Mark on December 16th, 2008

It was definitely a day for the business of newspapers to dominate the industry news, whether it was layoffs or forced reinvention in Detroit. A bit of a wrap-up. In Canada, Sun Media announced it’s laying off 600 people, although according to the Financial Post the number could wind up higher than that. has […]

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Mark on November 29th, 2008

News this morning, via a tweeted link to an Edmonton Journal article, about more Canadian newspaper layoffs. The lede: Metroland Media Group Ltd., which owns 100 community newspapers across Ontario, on Friday became the latest media company to announce layoffs. The company laid off 17 people, citing market forces, according to a source. What I […]

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Mark on October 8th, 2008

I’ve been watching the reaction to resignation of Steve Smith, the pioneering editor of the Spokane Spokesman-Review. The S-R is the little paper that could and did: a small-market daily that innovated like mad when it came to the web. Blogging, webcasting news meetings, video…you name it, they have often been out in front and […]

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Mark on July 3rd, 2008

The last week and a half have been some of the grimmest and most depressing that I can remember in recent newspaper history. As Colin Mulvany wrote at the top of a recent post: Black Monday seems to be striking American newspapers on a daily basis. Layoff announcement followed layoff announcement: more than a thousand […]

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