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Can newspapers not suck….?

Posted on | October 16, 2007 | No Comments

…This is the question posed today by Roy Peter Clark at Poynter. He writes:
In my opinion, the newspapers I most often read not only do not suck, but are better than they have ever been: I’m thinking Atlanta, St. Pete, New Orleans, Portland (Oregon), Newark, Seattle, Fort Lauderdale, Raleigh, just to name a few.
It’s a thoughtful essay with some great comments. Check it out.
The one thing most people involved in these conversations miss, though, is that there are TONS of newspapers that don’t suck and they’re in almost every city in the country. They’re called alternative weeklies. They’re free, full of ads and stunningly engaged with their communities. There are also highly engaged business weeklies that are must-reads in local business communities. These and other types of alternatives nupes have emerged over the past 3-4 decades because daily newspapers took their eye off the ball.
So, to fix the problem, daily newspaper editors need to look at alternative weeklies, read a little of John Duncan’s insights at The Inksniffer and get on the ball.

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No Responses to “Can newspapers not suck….?”

  1. Loring Wirbel
    October 16th, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

    I agree with you on the alternative weeklies up to a point, and that point’s name is Mike Lacey. Every newspaper snapped up by the Evil Baron of Phoenix becomes worthless trash. Witness Village Voice. Witness anything with “New Times” in its name. And witness Denver’s Westword. The little scrappy independent weekly in Colorado Springs, CS Independent, can whup Westword with one hand behind its back, because it’s feisty, news-oriented, and not owned by Michael Lacey.

  2. Loring Wirbel
    October 20th, 2007 @ 9:06 am

    I may have to amend my own complaint about Mike Lacey – he went to jail last week to protect New Times’ rights against a ridiculously fraudulent grand jury. His roster of papers still suck in a general sense, but we should acknowledge the importance of this case, as reported Saturday in the NYT:

    Luckily, the special investigator in this case looks likely to lose his license to practice law.

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