Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Inside Out: Newspaper changes near and far

Inside Out has a good accounting of all the recent local changes in the news biz.

Speaking of

While I was in the land of pineapples and grass skirts Mgoblog reported the lead story on on one day in September was actually a four-year-old story out of another newspaper.


Don't bother with the link to the article, it has been removed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Things may be looking up at the FJ

Either the bottom line is floating up from the bottom or Booth is making a last gasp effort to right the ship.

Some good news yesterday with word that a former sports writer has been rehired to the staff. My previous complaints about poor local golf coverage may be over. Also Brendan has long covered the local IHL team - the Flint Generals - and is a writer that fans either love, hate, or love to hate.

It's good news for Brendan and for the paper that he's back.

You can check out some comments from yesterday, but it sounds like employees are going to get dinged for their health coverage and the rumors are persistent that there may be an additional publication day added to the schedule.

Also from first and second hand accounts there is word that the circulation department is calling up former subscribers - subscribers that the PAPER cancelled - and asking them if they would be interested in coming back if they re-established some of their rural routes.

That's going to be a tough sell as folks tell me they are now over the daily newspaper habit.

Went over to last night for the first time in six weeks. Yaaaaawn!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

E-mail box full of rumors

Plenty of rumors made their way to my e-mail in the past month. Many have to do with rumblings that there may be some added print days at one or more of the papers who had their print days reduced to three days a week.

Also some information that printing at the Flint plant will end as soon as the current contract with the printer's union expires.

I noted that there has been a changing of the guard in my former column - Off Beat.

It does my heart good that the column that I started without prompting or encouragement by any editor in 1990 remains a feature in the Flint Journal nine years after I stopped writing it and two years after I left the paper.

My best wishes to the guy who replaced me and now the woman who replaced him.