There has been a dearth of posts lately, and I apologize. You ever throw out your back? Yeah, it’s been that kind of week. Couldn’t even Tweet (gotta get me a smart phone). Blech.
In case you haven’t heard, one of the big stories that’s got these media warrens all abuzz is The New York Times’ threat to shutter the Globe. Morrissey Boulevard is apparently hemorrhaging something like $1 million weekly. Ouch. A million here, a million there, and soon you’re talking real money.
Incidentally, 90.9 broke this story last Friday.
A post-Globe future suddenly seems far less hypothetical then ever before, and some reactions that I’ve seen range from cri de coeur to yawning indifference.
Where do you fall on that spectrum?
But before you answer, the following should equip you with a fairly comprehensive understanding of the challenges and creative and economic possibilities the digital space presents to news organizations:
On Point: Local News Without Paper
Among the guests are Monica Guzman, the first digital reporter for the now web-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Guzman’s “spirit of experimentation, her try-try-again optimism” inspired Senior Producer Wen Stephenson’s post here (which in turn sparked my post here).
Radio Boston: Super Local News
Uber-blogger Adam Gaffin and Media Nation’s Dan Kennedy are among the participants in a fascinating conversation about how local weeklies are fairing online even as their budgets tighten. Can bloggers fill the breach?
An Open Conversation on Hyperlocal News
I never tire of mentioning this conversation about hyperlocal journalism facilitated by NPR’s Keith Hopper, here at the station, and featuring such luminaries as Lisa Williams and Doc Searls.
A number of years ago, On The Media’s Bob Garfield postulated the “Chaos Scenario,” essentially what would happen if the “traditional marketing model collapses before a better alternative is established.” (That program airs on 90.9 on Sunday, 6:00–7:00 AM and 2:00–3:00 PM.) His new book, sure to send shivers down many a media manager’s spine, says the industry is already well into its descent into nuclear winter.
“It Wasn’t You” Is No Consolation
For a more personal perspective on the human costs of budget cuts, listen to Carey Goldberg’s touching commentary. Goldberg was a health and science reporter at the Globe.