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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Now the Reading Eagle Feels the Pressure

For the fourth time in the short history of this blog, I am defending newspapers. The Reading Eagle last week announced the layoff of 52 employees, including reporters. Actually the term used by the paper was "termination of employment," so those employees won't be back soon. The newspaper industry continues to suffer, and with it the type of information that is uniquely its own to provide, namely, journalism that is both timely (daily) and in-depth. New media appeal to our very American sense of immediacy, but are not deeply analytical. Newsweeklies are, well, weekly, and they are not local. Perhaps there's a new "daily" already in existence -- it's called a website -- but who sits in front of her or his computer just reading? Oh, I do, but I have been reading a newspaper, beginning with the long-defunct Philadelphia Bulletin, since the primary grades. I'm acclimated.


  • The demise of newspapers is the demise of a delivery system, not necessarily the end of the institution. It would seem that if the newspapers are interested in saving either themselves or their industries they should be doing some experiments beyond changing their paper size and cutting staff. The other day, while wondering how close the flu had come to Berks County, I googled the Eagle’s website. While reading through the ‘page’ I thought to myself, I’d be willing to pay to read this (of course at the moment immediacy was primary, and I have given no thought to how much I would pay). The critics have suggested that an ease of payment option might solve some of the industry’s woes. Although the internet allows for the exchange of ideas (critical for an informed public), it is difficult to ascertain the quality of the information available. Guess one could say the same for print.

    By Blogger kobe2, At May 12, 2009 11:05 AM  

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