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April 25, 2008

Bloodbath Coming at the New York Times

Quagmire, JMF says. The first mass-firing of reporters in the paper's history is coming due to dismal sales and advertising.

By "mass," we seem to mean around 70 voluntary firees and 30 involuntary ones.

I didn't link this Vanderleun piece when it was published because I first thought the advice offered -- stop writing your newspapers to only serve 35% of your potential audience (and, by the way, the same 35% being competed for by every other news paper and network newscast) -- was a bit too easy and glib.

But he's right. Desperate times require desperate measures, and a few of these dying newspapers must, perish the thought, give a rigorous, management-enforced attempt at balanced, nonpartisan coverage a try, just to see how that might work out for them.


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