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February 05, 2009



Instead of listening to you, and Alan, and Ken Doctor, people in the biz can now join The Newspaper Project


which proposes to fix the situation by balancing all the gloom-and-doom news with a more positive portrait of the American newspaper's predicament. Doesn't that put the crown on the whole sad story? There's something almost poetic about it.

Mark Potts

Thanks, Jay. I find that that ad campaign works so much better if you imagine it accompanied by an orchestra playing "Nearer My God To Thee."

Tish Grier

You're very right, Mark, that the problems are with the upper executive management--the C-level execs--in the news industry. In the past year, I've been to all sorts of conferences, where I've had the chance to talk to people in all levels of the newsroom. Many of them have solutions, or at least some really good ideas, of what to try to help their particular newspaper survive. Yet the C-levels fail to listen. Worse yet, they fail to imagine anything different, even when the folks in their newsroom can imagine--and even know--that things can be different. Maybe there needs to be a true revolution--like a coup--in newsrooms.

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