Layoffs and the upcoming reduction in news at The Hartford Courant showcase once again the continuing collapse of the American newspaper.
It's particularly sad to see it happening at the nation's oldest continuously published paper, a claim that may not last even another decade at the rate papers are shrinking.
Obviously, I don't have the answer for reversing the trend, but I hope that a way is found to keep papers from becoming historical relics, not because they give me a job (at least for now), but because I love newspapers. I always have.
And it makes me queasy to learn dozens of talented journalists in Hartford will join the long line of reporters and editors across the country who have already been sacrificed in the vain pursuit of profit by those who don't understand that giving people less and less is no way to make newspapers relevant again.
Paring the news and reducing the ranks is not going to win over new readers. It just hastens our collective demise.
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