Caught in a techie society amid economic tumult, the Daily Paper is struggling to find its place in today’s society while struggling for survival.
First to go was the cost of a new printing press (Nampa will print the Statesman), now they are cutting back on staff, including six in the newsroom. Instead of trying to be all things to all people, we would love to see the Statesman be a father (grandfather?) figure and forget about emphasis on websites, video, etc. An authoritative public voice with an institutional memory and historical record is essential to a community. It also serves as a watchdog (GUARDIAN?) over government excess and mismanagement.
Evidence of the shift in “content” is glaringly apparent in Wednesday’s edition. Many inches of space are devoted to stories about WOLVES, BEAR, FROGS, a swimming LION,and GROUSE…it looked like the freakin Animal Planet!
Meanwhile governments continue to “nationalize” banks, insurance companies, ski resorts, and real estate developments, providing dismal news and no relief for the media giants.
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