Newsroom vultures

This is just a list of depressing news about “investors” dismantling independent newspapers… I’ve been following the stories via the Washington Post and other news organizations in my Facebook feed. Yes, there are bigger threats to a free and independent press than “new media.”

A Denver Post intern summed it, as quoted by Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan:

“I don’t understand the business plan,.. How does cutting off a leg help you keep running?”

I keep expecting someone to come up with a smoking-gun link between the political right wing and these vulture-capitalist “investors” dismantling the infrastructure of the free press in America.

BUT the “someone” would rightly be the independent investigative journalists who are losing their jobs. There are some bright spots on a national level, but fewer strong regional and local organizations.

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/03/14/massive-job-cuts-coming-to-the-denver-post.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/is-this-strip-mining-or-journalism-sobs-gasps-expletives-over-latest-denver-post-layoffs/2018/03/15/d05abc5a-287e-11e8-874b-d517e912f125_story.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2018/02/15/cuts-probably-won-end-for-boston-herald-under-new-owner/wVZfKt6RjBZFmg3jmBL2rJ/story.html

http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-ocr-layoffs-20180115-story.html

http://www.robertfeder.com/2018/03/15/layoffs-hit-chicago-tribune-newsroom-2/

And where to look for some hope…

http://billmoyers.com/story/10-investigative-reporting-outlets-to-follow/

mild-mannered reporter who fell deeper into computers and the Web during three trips through graduate school in the 1980s and 1990s, then began teaching journalism, media studies and Web production, most recently as a faculty member at Radford University.

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