When the news is the news

The local paper, which drives Bob to distraction with its editing oddities, continues to shrink physically, not in girth alone but in page width, type size and staff. This isn’t a resource with a robust web presence; pretty much what you see is what you get whether in ink or virtually.

In the past 10 days, its staff has become increasingly blatant about their concerns for a future, with one columnist actually taking his musings about his and the paper’s joint future to the readership.

It’s as though the news has been replaced by metajournalism. The weather forecast that’s in the print edition has no bearing on what’s unfolding by the time anyone unfolds the paper version at 6 am.  The link to the weather in the online version is just the long way to Environment Canada.  Get Fuzzy is reduced so much in size in the paper version that the text bleeds into illegibleness so I go to comics.com to see it.

I appreciate independent news, really, really I do.  But if I can’t get at it, I’m not independent.

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5 Responses to “When the news is the news”

  1. Marg Says:

    That’s sad news. I used to enjoy reading the Herald. For all its warts, it was slightly more informative than the Cape Breton Post. The Chronicle has been redesigned and I’m quite liking it. And they have ramped up the web presence with almost all of their writers blogging outside of the print articles.

  2. confederacyofdunces Says:

    People who equate a newspaper’s shrinking size with its quality should look beyond our small province.

    In the UK, The Guardian, Times and Independent newspapers all went down to tabloid size, not only because they are cheaper and better for the environment, but also because people like reading/handling the small size. They are some of the finest newspapers in the world.

    The Herald’s mistake is not properly promoting this downsizing as something people want and like.

    • halifaxing Says:

      Oh, I certainly am not equating the print paper’s size with quality, just noting that in this particular case the print version’s presentation seems a metaphor of content.

  3. halifaxing Says:

    Yes, Bob continues to read the SF Chronicle daily. I cruise the NYT and Globe and Mail, but none of these has local info, of course.

  4. Marg Says:

    Yes that’s the thing. Globe and Mail is good but you need something local.

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