Tue
Oct 2 2012
01:20 pm

Memphis Flyer

The economic realities of the newspaper business here in Memphis led to a decision that editorial costs at The Commercial Appeal had to be reduced this year. As a result, eight newsroom positions, including four senior manager positions, have been eliminated from our staffing chart - effective Oct 1.

The Memphis Flyer has the rest of the employee memo at the above link. The Memphis Commercial Appeal is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, which is also the parent company of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Ah, yes. Another newspaper

Ah, yes. Another newspaper searching the margins for ways to stay "relevant," while jettisoning the key asset that gives a newspaper their only chance to be relevant at all.

When will these guys figure out that they need to be less like a blog, not more? Reporting and editorial staff are the one thing they have that can differentiate them from the masses out there on the interwebs. With all due respect to R. Neal et. al., bloggers cannot produce what a functional, properly staffed newsroom full of reporters and editors can produce, at least not what a newsroom should be producing.

Maybe some of these guys just simply have to die off from starvation while chasing rabbits, before others can come in and fill the void with an entirely new model that uses modern technology to distribute the output of what amounts to an old-school, traditional newsroom.

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