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(Some Guy)   What's killing newspapers? Well either it's the basic obsolesence of the medium in a rapidly changing information landscape, or, according to this editor, perhaps it's really slutty, barely literate, welfare-cheating single moms   (journalinquirer.com) divider line 100
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2013-10-02 11:29:39 AM  
Aren't they same ones that are destroying marriages in America, too?
 
2013-10-02 11:33:31 AM  

Lucky LaRue: Aren't they same ones that are destroying marriages in America, too?


The cause and effect is tricky on that one, either the single moms are the result fo all the marriages the gays destroyed or they  are the slatterns who never force their baby-daddies to make honest women of them and thereby are destroying marriages themselves....probably both really
 
2013-10-02 11:37:33 AM  
Honestly though I pity this guy,  what a horrifc place the world must seem to him haunted as it is by the monsters of his own imagination.   The world is changing around him, and rather than change with it, he hunkers down in the corner and hurls abuse at anything that isn't the way (he imagines) it used to be.  It's all their fault, clearly that the world has become a stange and confusing place to him, not his own lack of imagination or capacity to change.

He's what a species looks like just before it goes extinct
 
2013-10-02 11:37:46 AM  
I blame Obama.
 
2013-10-02 12:11:10 PM  
Lol no U!
 
2013-10-02 12:58:39 PM  
Slutty single moms? Are the hot?
 
2013-10-02 01:06:58 PM  
Huh, single moms. When I hear slutty and barely literate I think "journalists."
 
2013-10-02 01:07:06 PM  
Internet killed the newspaper star
 
2013-10-02 01:08:59 PM  

Cygnus God of Balance: Internet killed the newspaper star



Well, we can't rewind, we've gone too far
 
2013-10-02 01:10:28 PM  
Or it could be that ~50% of America is sick of reading DNC press releases as "journalism."
 
2013-10-02 01:10:29 PM  
They're also the reason why America is so broke and we can't afford to rebuild our infrastructure, put money in schools, or pay for things like single payer healthcare.
 
2013-10-02 01:10:57 PM  

Magorn: Honestly though I pity this guy,  what a horrifc place the world must seem to him haunted as it is by the monsters of his own imagination.   The world is changing around him, and rather than change with it, he hunkers down in the corner and hurls abuse at anything that isn't the way (he imagines) it used to be.  It's all their fault, clearly that the world has become a stange and confusing place to him, not his own lack of imagination or capacity to change.

He's what a species looks like just before it goes extinct


3.bp.blogspot.com

Your world frightens and confuses me! Sometimes the honking horns of your traffic make me want to get out of my BMW.. and run off into the hills, or wherever..
 
2013-10-02 01:11:11 PM  
Whatever this guy was saying may or may not have been correct, but I couldn't really see the words through the dark grey smokescreen of career anxiety and bitterness. wtfever, dude.
 
2013-10-02 01:12:34 PM  
If they did not make gay marriage legal those moms would not be single. Amirite?
 
2013-10-02 01:13:37 PM  
I think I can spot the exact point in that Op-Ed where the dude went off his meds.
 
2013-10-02 01:14:06 PM  
The price of newsprint doesn't matter a fark now, does it mutherfarker?
 
2013-10-02 01:14:18 PM  
Someone needs to tell this guy about Google News.
 
2013-10-02 01:16:24 PM  

Stephen_Falken: Whatever this guy was saying may or may not have been correct, but I couldn't really see the words through the dark grey smokescreen of career anxiety and bitterness. wtfever, dude.


I'll save you some time: it wasn't. I counted at least one misstatement, overexaggeration, or outright falsehood in every single paragraph, and some of those were only one sentence long.

With the possible exception of the movie and music industries, print journalism was probably the worst at foreseeing the possibilities and challenges of the internet age and adapting a business model to address it. That's pretty much the only explanation you need for why it is has struggled and continues to do so.
 
2013-10-02 01:17:29 PM  
Hahaha, wow he really said that.

Priceless.
 
2013-10-02 01:18:04 PM  
Wow... that is quite possibly the biggest derp I've ever read that wasn't on freepress or wnd.

/single mom
//would read the local paper if it wasn't totally useless
///slashies in threes
 
2013-10-02 01:19:04 PM  
Wow, imagine just how skewed this guys world view is if he writes a piece like that.

I think living in his own mind is it's own punishment.
 
2013-10-02 01:19:33 PM  
Dude is so used to lying and being believed he expects "the internet" to believe him.

"Damn that internet! Damn it to HELL!"

/Hint: He blames the internet.
 
2013-10-02 01:19:42 PM  
If only everyone would just vote in the morally righteous crowd, we'd all be saved. SAVED!
 
2013-10-02 01:19:45 PM  
I do love slutty single moms

/but only smart employed ones.
 
2013-10-02 01:21:50 PM  
Maybe it's because they charge readers $1 for printing 80% advertising (that they charge to print), 19% BS opinion (theirs), and 1% actual news.
 
2013-10-02 01:22:29 PM  
It's flawless logic.

The existence of single mothers has without a doubt reduced the number of total households in America, and therefore the market for newspapers, because math is hard.

I'm personally deeply nostalgic of the time when, prior to the invention of the internet and steep decline of the journalism industry as a whole, the presence of a married male-American in a household prevented scourges such as foreignness, poverty, or deadbeats from ever existing.  Those were truly better times, when they existed entirely in my imagination.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to that scourge of an internet to get the only decent reporting on the actual news of my neighborhood because the Chicago Tribune doesn't have the time or the space to bother with in-depth reporting about exactly what development plans are in the works for my particular corner of Chicago and I'd really like to know what business plans to open up in the storefront down teh street.

But, of course, I'm only saying that because I'm a foul, unmarried woman who RUINS EVERYTHING.
 
2013-10-02 01:22:56 PM  
So the Managing Editor of the Journal Inquirer doesn't know how print newspapers make money.  (Hint: it's not subscriptions.)  No wonder the traditional newspaper model isn't working.
 
2013-10-02 01:23:17 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: I do love slutty single moms

/but only smart employed ones.


In other words, ones who know what town they live in?
 
2013-10-02 01:23:17 PM  
He is correct. Because human families have always been nuclear, single mothers are unique to the current generation and journalistic integrity has always been unimpeachable.

How many falsehoods did I just type?
 
2013-10-02 01:23:45 PM  
Some serious management editing going on in the comments section over there.
 
2013-10-02 01:23:51 PM  
Some schmo writes an opinion piece for "North-Central Connecticut's Hometown Newspaper" and you expect us to READ it, subby?

Here's what happened to print newspapers: Giant corporations bought them all, and reduced the content every time circulation dropped (which it did in response first to TV, then to 24-hour cable news, then to the Internet). Their response was NEVER to cut profits, and always to cut staff and news hole plus raise circulation prices. Crappier and crappier content attracted fewer and fewer readers, in a still-continuing death spiral. Gannett, et. al., were determined to make the last quarter off the last dollar of revenue, and to hell with market share.

The real nail in the coffin was when classified and car ads all went to Craig's List, Auto Trader and eBay. Classified and car ads were more than half of a local paper's revenues.

There's probably a component of people just being less literate than they once were (because of less time and discretionary income for the bulk of the population compared to 30 years ago). But it was mostly just pigheaded greed and short-sightedness.
 
2013-10-02 01:26:11 PM  
Those dirty sluts. Ruining this poor man's life. How dare they. This is a travesty of an abomination.
 
2013-10-02 01:28:00 PM  
Came to this thread hoping for pictures of really Slutty, barely literate, welfare-cheating single moms.

/leaving dissatisfied
 
2013-10-02 01:28:41 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: But, of course, I'm only saying that because I'm a foul, unmarried woman who RUINS EVERYTHING.


How YOU doin'?
 
2013-10-02 01:29:40 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-10-02 01:30:21 PM  
Lack of brutally honest investigative reporting so you can suck up to advertisers and the government has nothing to do with it. Gotcha.
 
2013-10-02 01:34:17 PM  
I work for one of the largest newspapers in my state. Ive been there a little over a year and its a new job sector for me. Its amazing how ignorant these people can be. Most of the stuff they print I have already seen and read days earlier online. I work as a pressman. On Friday nights high school football games are over before ten pm. We will sit until around five am waiting on these people to write an article small enough to cover with your hand. This or course delays delivery and pisses off what few customers they still have. Every single one of them have this serious elitist attitude towards anyone thats not a reporter and their customers. Just since I have been here they have list around ten percent of their customer base and have had to cut back to six papers a week. I sometimes am forced to cover for a driver and have found that about ninety percent of their customer base is over 65 and others who cant or wont bother reading the news online because theyre internet and computer challenged. Basically too stupid to use the internet.
 
2013-10-02 01:34:22 PM  
I stopped reading the local paper when a Taco Bell moving from on university property to directly across the street was hailed as a "revival" and key to "revitalizing downtown". Note- that location is 4-5 miles from the center of town, and at least 2 from anything anyone would consider "downtown".

They pillory anything they deem as "liberal", worship those who try to do anything they see as benefiting downtown, even when it leaves destruction in its wake. Close a beloved hockey arena for 2 years and wonder why the fanbase isn't as large when the new arena opens? Liberals! City opens a park in one of the worst sections of downtown, and the park becomes an absolute mismanaged garbage dump? Liberals! Readership drops when the price goes up and the amount of content goes down? Liberals!

I don't even know what a copy runs these days. Think it's a buck, for a paper not fit for my dog to piss on.
 
2013-10-02 01:39:29 PM  
Slutty moms who home-school their children into multi-generational idiocy.

/considering what has been done to the public school system, I don't blame slutty moms one bit
 
2013-10-02 01:40:39 PM  
By the time I would get the daily paper, I've already read all of that news on the tubes. So what's left? Oh right, the daily tv listings, the funnies, and an editorial about how one side of town got a new stop sign. But go ahead and keep blaming all those single moms, that should get you some more subscribers.
 
2013-10-02 01:43:00 PM  

QueenMamaBee: /single mom


Are you hot?
 
2013-10-02 01:45:27 PM  

Scoop84: QueenMamaBee: /single mom

Are you hot?


Psh... what kind of question is that?

no :(
 
2013-10-02 01:46:59 PM  
The local newspaper here has added a paywall to their website. The website will have a vague first sentence of an article (e.g. "A man was arrested last night for a crime.") , then you have to "subscribe" to read the rest of it. So basically their website is content-free now. Who in their right mind would advertise on there? They are shooting themselves in the foot. I can't imagine they will stay in business much longer.
 
2013-10-02 01:48:59 PM  
s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-10-02 01:49:29 PM  
It's those teenage immigrant welfare mothers on drugs!
 
2013-10-02 01:50:57 PM  

QueenMamaBee: Scoop84: QueenMamaBee: /single mom

Are you hot?

Psh... what kind of question is that?

no :(


Flaunt it like you got it
 
2013-10-02 01:52:05 PM  

ripwry: On Friday nights high school football games are over before ten pm. We will sit until around five am waiting on these people to write an article small enough to cover with your hand.


I was a journalism major.  I picked up the degree in my last year and a half of school out of a misguided belief that it might lead to a job.

My internship was with a small local newsweekly.  The managing editor was always shocked that he'd send me off to cover an event and an hour after it ended he'd have his 800 words on his desk within an hour or so.  Apparently, that sort of a story would normally take one of the full time staff several days to crank out.

And yet, after the internship ended, my option was to freelance for almost no money while waiting for one of the few entrenched staff members to die or go find myself a newsroom job at a bigger publication.  Every job offer I got was somewhere around $10/hour to crank out obituaries for a couple of years, which is obviously the best possible use for someone with on the job experience and a few awards under her belt for founding an interactive online news magazine at her school.

They're dying because they refuse to change. This guy is not an exception, though the blame he shifts away from himself is redirected in a novel direction.   Once the few elderly people who still buy a paper die off, there won't be a local paper in most markets.
 
2013-10-02 01:52:16 PM  

QueenMamaBee: Scoop84: QueenMamaBee: /single mom

Are you hot?

Psh... what kind of question is that?

no :(


Me either.
 
2013-10-02 01:52:57 PM  
I worked in prepress then editorial for a small-city 50-cent daily paper in the northeast.
I edited stories and laid out pages, which entailed working today to put yesterday's news into tomorrow's paper. Most of the inside layouts entailed flowing stories in around the advertisements.

Later, I worked as a copy chief for a 250,000 circulation weekly. We weren't allowed to run stories about World War II on pages occupied by or facing advertisements for Japanese automobile manufacturers.
Yes. Really.
 
2013-10-02 01:57:37 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: And yet, after the internship ended, my option was to freelance for almost no money while waiting for one of the few entrenched staff members to die or go find myself a newsroom job at a bigger publication.  Every job offer I got was somewhere around $10/hour to crank out obituaries for a couple of years, which is obviously the best possible use for someone with on the job experience and a few awards under her belt for founding an interactive online news magazine at her school.


Ha! This so much.
I could have kept my $12/hr job at the small city paper as long as I could stand it, but I would have had to wait until someone died or retired before I moved up. Finally went national and doubled my pay to move to a place that cost more than twice as much to live. In Washington, I found myself surrounded by toadies and political players. Didn't like who I would have to become to be them and succeed there. My degree was in English. Now, I'll sooner load trucks for 10 bucks an hour than lie to myself about the importance of that kind of job.
 
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