Re: News Journal New subscription model starts in February
I have to assume that you're basing all of this on anecdotal evidence--aka the way YOU view (and, understandably, you're NOT alone) TNJ. But, the financial facts don't agree. There isn't a shred of empirical evidence to support any of it. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Originally Posted by LozerBoozer
The News Journal is nowhere near going belly-up. In fact, TNJ is among the highest rates of return for the parent company, Gannett. So much so that Gannett management just pledged a fair amount of additional investment capital. And, Gannett is a media and marketing group that is not known for losing money over the long haul.
The newspaper has a newly appointed publisher with a proven record for both substantive reporting and subscriber expansion. As for the increase in subscription rates, far more people will pay than won't because, by comparison, it's the only state-wide newspaper with enough substantive topical depth to appeal to a state-wide base of readers.
After a period of layoffs and firings--the same as most other print publications across the nation have endured--TNJ not only survived, but is now back into a hiring mode.
As for the writers and editors being incompetent, you have to explain that in more detail. News reporters write from a different perspective than do news commentators. The former have to stick to the "who, what, when, where, and how" of a story; the latter are under no such restrictions.
As for the editors, different ones serve different functions. Some editors are responsible for copy context from a syntactical standpoint. Others are responsible for copy content and placing content lead-headlines. The former are responsible for making sure the writing makes grammatical sense, the latter are responsible for grabbing potential readers' attention to the point of actually BUYING a print copy.
My annual subscription bill tops $400 a year. I subscribe, electronically, to multiple newspapers, magazines, and various newsletters. They automatically download each day or week, over the years to my PC but now to my iPad and Smartphone. I do, however, subscribe to a home-delivered (7-day) copy of TNJ because my wife reads it and she'd as soon have her fingernails ripped out, sans anesthesia, rather than log onto a computer.
Regardless, comparing the writing and editing quality across the board, I have found no substantial difference among the publications. In fact, looking at some of the much larger news publications, TNJ is better. As for TNJ's reluctance to include the race of suspects in their reports, it's a very old habit going back to the late '40, '50s, '60s, and '70s.
I've read this newspaper for years; I began reading it daily, long before it became The News Journal. The DuPont family owned two newspapers in Delaware--at one point directly and later indirectly under the guise of a surrogate called Christiana Securities.
One was called The Wilmington Morning News; the other one was called the Journal Every Evening. Both of them came out of the same building located at 8th and West in downtown Wilmington. The same editors managed both of them.
And, pre-publication copies of both were sent via courier to the offices of the DuPont Company's Executive Council located at 10th and Market Streets.
Sometimes a storyline didn't please one or more members of this council. And, without this group's imprimatur, the papers did NOT hit the street. If there was not sufficient time for rewrites of the objectionable pieces, they were "killed" and the paper was reprinted for distribution.
The policy of not including racial details continued even after Gannett purchased the paper. They don't explain why. As long as a police agency releases a report including racial detail, I don't know why TNJ does not include it in their reporting.
While this infuriates some people, it's not a big enough deal for a majority of the subscribers. As well, this practice may well change under the newly appointed publisher' I hope so; but, time will tell.
And, finally, the comment sections were a major point of contention between those with 3-digit IQs and the illiterates--both functioning and non-functioning. But, if one read the comments posted in various sections of the newspaper, one would discover that all the morons congregated in the front-page news section.
That's where the most bang for the buck was found. It's changing, though. Some of those folks would try their hand at posting here on TD. They found that they either had to change their tunes or they were history because Chase and his moderators have ZERO tolerance for that kind of crap--thank God, or some other deity of choice, for THAT.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.