November 20, 2008

More thoughts on online newspapers

If you care, take a look at Aldon Hynes's piece on The Future of the Newspaper. It's bullish on the online future of journalism. I wish I could be as optimistic as he is.

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13 comments:

orient-lodge.com said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Yeah, I'm more bullish about the future of local papers. I've responded to your comment over on my blog and wanted to continue the discussion here a little bit as well.

I'll also follow-up with you directly.

Anonymous said...

All the time and energy you are spending dwelling on the demise of the Bristol Press and your job could be better spent finding a new career path to follow.

Move on. It's for your own good.

Me said...

Yes, it's been a whole week since the news of the possible closure of the Press. It's quite something that after all this time, I haven't found a new career yet.

Anonymous said...

Steve, pay no attention to 11:02. Perhaps he means well, but somebody has to fight to keep our newspaper alive! Readers feel helpless. I suppose you feel a little that way also. But we appreciate that you're trying. I hope that some of our state and city leaders will pitch in to help you. This is not about you keeping a job. It is about Bristol keeping its newspaper.

Just curious said...

Steven ; I notice that you have no issue letting posters speak badly about President Bush , yet when I try to post a positive statement about his term in office , it never gets thru .

Perhaps such editing is the reason the Press is in such dire straits .

Me said...

1:21 -- I don't care whether you support or hate President Bush. I let all sorts of stuff go through. What I'm no longer doing is letting people post items that are wholly irrelevant to the topic at hand.
I'm also tossing out most of the mean-spirited crap people seem to think they should have the chance to write here. No more.

Anonymous said...

Steve, your cute.

Anonymous said...

I KNOW that 1:21 is absolutely correct. Most of the people I know who have let their subscription lapse did so for that very reason.

Maybe the kind of newspapers that are dying out should be examined, and you might get a better idea of what to do. Maybe there is a common denominator.

Anonymous said...

I think the city should buy the press, tear down the building and then we can look at all types of open space, the downtown mall. the old box factory and the press.

Anonymous said...

I recently attended a seminar with key note speaker Joel Zeff who was a former reporter whose company went belly up. The Bristol Press reporters could learn a lessson from this individual who instead of griping and bitching faced changed, recreated himself and is better than ever.

Me said...

Joel Zeff may have been a reporter briefly, but it's pretty clear he's mostly an improvisational comedian.
I may starve as a reporter, but I will surely find myself in the poorhouse if I try to be a comedic actor for corporate gatherings.

Anonymous said...

You missed my point Steve. I was saying that it appears you are spending too much time dwelling on something you can't change instead of using that time and effort to benefit yourself and your family during this time of change.

Your sarcasm wasn't necessary. I was making an observation. You are wasting your energy on something that you can't control.

Anonymous said...

Steve,
I disagree. I think that you are very witty. Mr. Zeff certainly uses comedy to get his point across. I guess what I am trying to say is that maybe it is time to start looking for a change. I'm not sure that it is realistic that someone is going to save the press. I do think it is an important part of the community. I would also urge you that if you have the chance to see Joel Zeff speak to take advantage of it....AWESOME!