Originally Posted by mschauer
Well, that won't be the case if the printed version ceases to exist, right? In the mean time if the printed version has stories the electronic version doesn't have, can't you just buy the printed version?
Why would the quality of content be affected by a shift away from paper?? If anything I would think it would increase the quality. Less money would be needed for overhead expenses so more could be used to attract quality journalists. Isn't the general decline in news quality we see today mostly a result of media companies chasing advertising dollars rather than journalism awards?
I guess I don't see any cause for concern. With you being a former journalist I'd be interested in knowing more about how you view this.
In general, I have seen a decline in the papers here - in terms of quality of reporting, writing and editing... lots of mistakes, shallow content.. to me it's the influence of TV on print... and I worked in both media. Can't stand local TV news anymore - one reason I got out was the vapidity of it all. It's an assault on the ears and intelligence; my editor's eye picks up all the mistakes and poor English. Sigh... wish I could just switch it off. And even getting ink on everything, I am old school about wanting to have a paper to read. Something tangible, tho' I use the Internet a lot for reading and research. As I was always taught, consider the source.
I sometimes still call my writing samples "clips."
Also, going all electronic, in my experience, has been a way for organizations to cut costs. Not inherently a bad thing, but cutting corners also goes to my initial concern about the decline in the quality of the daily papers. Doing things more cheaply, for instance. Hiring less experienced reporters, editors. Focusing on speed, not quality.
I'm a freelancer. Clients often want to do things electronically. That is expeditious, but what they don't realize, for instance, is they are not saving all that much. For a newsletter to look like a newsletter, it still has to be researched, written, vetted, designed, etc. What's changed is the method of distribution and you do eliminate some of the turnaround time.
ETA: By the way, there will be layoffs as a result of this, not more hires. That's what I have heard.