Thursday, August 7, 2008

Read All About It

Follow this link for a story about the "Incredible Shrinking Newspaper" published in the Orlando Weekly.

The local media finally are waking up to the goings on at the region's main daily newspaper. Can somebody tell me if television has taken a serious look?


Anonymous said...

As a reader, I've been bellowing to the Sentinel for the past six months (and have been upset about it for much longer) about the crummy quality and content of the paper.

If I wanted to read blog comments, I'd get them off the internet, not the editorial page. I hate being forced to the internet version of the paper - one needs ADHD to even navigate the stupid thing. Ads on the front and editorial pages smack of Sentinel endorsement. The writing quality is crummy. The "new" page three of the local section almost seems lifted from the Orlando Weekly. Since when did journalists begin blatantly editorializing in their news stories? The "redesign" looks like a new graphics design graduate was given free reign to tart up the paper (yet they stole the color format from USA Today). Pretty colors do not make content - sort of like lipstick on a pig.

The local TV media will not address the issue because they've all become over-the-air versions of the Inquirer and the Sun. Nothing is too over-the-top or tawdry for them to cover (more at eleven!).

I used to think Bill Gates was the anti-Christ. Now I think he's just one of Sam Zell's minions.

rknil said...

I created another survey where people can share their stories about things that have happened in the newsroom. It's here:

Anonymous said...

Randy Michaels, once bragged he was going to reinvent the largest radio station in Cincinnati, one with history as well as power, and "teach the old lady to dance."
He really just held the old lady's head under water and challenged her to breathe. What remained after Michaels ended his dance lessons was nearly always cheap, sometimes amusing and never perceived as anything but making and taking money.
Speaking as the one who covered most of his Cincinnati actions, all Michaels knew about newspapers was his mostly stupid attempts to get his name in one or the other in the city at the time (early-to-mid '80s).
Now he and the other "liberator" of Tribune papers are reinventing again, and the outrageousness hasn't diminished.
Check for yourself:

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

This is a paradigm shift and the Sentinel and its employees are part of a change in the way the world gets information. I can read the New York Times, Denver Post, Miami Herald or any news blog from my computer. I am not limited to the local paper as I was pre-internet. I can Google a subject and read any number of different views on line at any time. The Sentinel did not recognize the new information distribution model. They gave only gave one side of the story and was usually very arrogant towards anyone who disagreed with their point of view. It is a brave new world – get used to it.