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Feb 13, 2007

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Anglico

Man it must be hard being a newspaper guy these days. You get shot at from every direction . . . all the while you struggle with circulation and staffing - and try to make sense of balance and bloggers and more.

For all the crap I give the papers, I'm still glad they're here. God knows even the worst of them are more reliable than teevee and radio news.

But the future will be challenging. McClatchy is watching its stock drop like a rock and more cuts are inevitable. I hope the N&R organization is in better shape.

Joe Killian

Working in a newsroom in a position where I'm obliged to watch and compare the stories I report to the same stories on TV, radio and on the blogs it's amazing to me just how wrong just about everything would still be without the newspaper account.

I think about that whenever people talk about newspapers being on their last legs. For all of our sakes, I sure hope not.

Anglico

I hope not too.

The CA

Joe, the newspaper account is often wrong as well and sometimes the truth is more likely to be found in the blogs. You are also much more likely to get a wrong story corrected in a blog (by others) than you are in a newspaper because some newspapers will never acknowledge their failures for whatever reason.

Greensboro transplant

i miss the good old days of newspapers as much as i miss three tv channels and ma bell.

competition makes everyone better. the best news sources will survive. the others will go the way of the greensboro patriot.

Lenslinger

Any chance we could acknowledge that local TV news isn't TOTALLY devoid of merit? Granted, it's a different kind of journalism than what you'll find in the newspaper: our stories are less in-depth, far more hyperbolic, shrill even. But I'm guessing many of you out there watch local TV news on occasion and, dare I say, learn about your community through our imperfect but energetic transmissions.

Look, I don't expect to win any converts here. You ink-stained wretches have held us broadcasters in low regard ever since my forefathers fired up the first test pattern. I understand that. But these sweeping proclamations that local TV news is wreckless grafitti are as mistaken as they are haughty. As our two mediums continue to meld together, broadcast and print journalists are going to have to resolve this animosity - animosity that is far more vitriolic on the scribe side than we daffy tube types.

I'm no champion of all things broadcast. Neither am I an apologist. I AM a consumer of newspapers, blogs and television news and recognize the strengths unique to each. The same can be said for many of my colleagues, people who take their form of journalism just as seriously as the self-congratulatory crowd at your average newspaper. I can take critique, analysis, even barbed remarks concerning our many foibles. But these broad statements denouncing the very medium that so many newspapers are scrambling to master are awfully hard to take. They are, to use one of Cone's own favorite refrains, absolute batshit.

There, I feel better.

David Hoggard

As you should, 'slinger.

Many times I will get my introduction to a story via you and yours due to the immediacy of the medium. I'll then go check the blogs and websites for updates and quick takes.

It is only on the following day, locally, that I will usually get the story in it's more robust form.

Anglico slipped in a cheap shot on you Stewart. But isn't that what we love/hate about blogs?

sean coon

i watch *zero* local news, but i get the back-story fill through your blog, stew. for what it's worth.

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