In this recession/depression we haven't seen in our lifetimes till now, jobs and borrowing on credit have disappeared.. the markets and consumer spending are plunging..and our newspapers are starting to vanish! It's hard to believe.. newspapers we've heard of (The Rocky Mountain News, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer) are closed. In California, "The Sacramento Bee" and "The San Francisco Chronicle" could be next. Lots of the workers have turned down offers to work on an online versions of those papers. The Wichita Eagle is laying off 14 workers, one day after the Kansas City Star said it was printing up pink slips for 150 of its employees.
CJOnLine revamped its page this week. What if that's all we had?
There are still millions of us out there who love having coffee and opening up the newspaper, section by section, to find out more about this crazy world. I actually read more of the paper when I'm NOT coming in to work. When I'm here in the newsroom, I scan the CJ and the Star. I have the New York Times and Washington Post online if I need it. Let's face it. Why should people buy a paper when they could read it online for free? The newspapers missed the boat on getting into the online revolution. But it's still something we all love to do, flipping through the pages and the articles.
Let me know about your favorite paper.. if they're in danger of going under. And what would do if it happened in Topeka?? RH
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