The newspaper that almost seized the future: The amazing true story of digital innovation and atrophy over more years than you’d expect at the San Jose Mercury News, from CJR.
[UPDATE: Predictably, this was the wrong day to bring this up.]
I get the feeling people think of MediaNews* CEO (and AP chairman) Dean Singleton as some sort of billionaire boogeyman, the last guy in the world you’d want buying your news organization, but his take on why newspapers in major metro markets are failing is pretty interesting: with scant mention of the secular shift to online news reading consumption, he attributes some of their decline to the strength of smaller suburban papers with loyal readership and advertisers, especially in San Francisco and Boston.
I think it’s certainly more complicated than that, but he’s pointing out something that few pundits outside these markets perceive.
* Disclosure: I’ve worked for a newspaper or two that MediaNews owns.
Local news blog in the East Bay by a former MNG reporter.
Mike’s thoughtful (and painful) take on the falling fortunes of the Merc go into some detail about the organizational challenges faced by those who would innovate there if they were free to.
Yeah John, but which quarter? Do you really think they’re cutting city hall and cops reporters?
Take this story with a grain of salt. Lots of moving parts.