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- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
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- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
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- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
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The Slow Death of Local Media
As is being reported all over, Knight-Ridder is slashing 100 jobs from our Philly papers. (See the actual memo at Philadelphia Will-Do.) 75 jobs come from the Inquirer, and 25 come from the Daily News. The Inquirer has a staff of about 5 times the DN, so the percentage loss is roughly the same.
Let me be the first to greet Knight-Ridder with a one finger salute, as they slowly kill any relevant Philadelphia news media. Terrific. I do not know which reporters will be bought out, but, off of the top my head, here are a few I don't think we can do without:
Does anyone not think we are in a downward spiral here, that leaves the Daily News as a version of the Metro, with a really good sports section, and leaves the Inquirer as a bastion of suburban fluff? Does anyone not think that the coverage of real, substantive issues will not suffer? Blogs are wonderful, and they can certainly put certain issues into the forefront of local consciousness. But they will never, and I mean never, replace the effect that real, thorough journalists can have.
The Daily News is already thin. The Inquirer is already not focused enough on City issues, and is always losing any real international perspective as they shut down bureaus around the world. I really fear what is ahead.