This week was spring weekend at the J-School and we met all the new admits. Working on a Sunday and 7:30 on a Monday morning was made possible with BBQ, coffee, and my favorite paper of all…the New York Times. Have I ever mentioned how much I love the Times? Well, I do.
But things continue to look bad for the newspaper industry. The Internet has wounded it badly by luring away advertisers and readers. Perhaps, the newspaper is a dying breed as revenue in the industry continues to decline. This week the Tribune Company is expected to make cuts at the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times to the tune of 100 and 150 staff members, respectively. Reflecting another industry trend, the Tribune Company is also going private. Rob Curley once said that he didn’t think journalists should be afraid because multimedia is making this one of the most exciting times to be a journalist. But when I see the nation’s largest circulation papers making big staff cuts, it seems sensible for journalists to be afraid.