Is there a thread for the rapid death of the newspaper industry?

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If not, this might as well be it.

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 14:59 (eleven years ago) link

good times!

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:00 (eleven years ago) link

There is a constant thread of panic in my office. . .

Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) link

Detroit Media Partnership L.P., which operates the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, is expected to announce next week that it will cease home delivery of the papers' print editions on most days of the week, according to people familiar with the company's thinking.

Detroit Media has not made a final decision, these people said. But the leading scenario set to be unveiled Tuesday calls for the Free Press, the 20th largest U.S. newspaper by weekday circulation, and the News to end home delivery on all but the most lucrative days -- Thursday, Friday and Sunday. On the other days, the company would sell single copies of abbreviated print editions at newsstands and direct readers to the papers' expanded digital editions.

The Free Press, owned by Gannett Co., and the News, owned by MediaNews Group, are operated by Detroit Media under a so-called joint operating agreement.

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Weekday circulation for Detroit's two major newspapers has plunged.
The Free Press and the News would be the first dailies in a major metropolitan market to curtail home delivery and drastically scale back their print editions. Other newspapers are contemplating similar moves in response to the erosion of advertising and the rising costs of printing and delivery. In October the Christian Science Monitor said it will stop printing a daily newspaper in April and move instead to an online version with a weekly print product.

Newspaper groups have taken drastic steps lately to align costs with shrinking revenue, including massive staff cuts and efforts to consolidate functions through partnerships like the JOA in Detroit. As many of those measures have proved insufficient, publishers have taken a harder look at shifting away from print or abandoning it altogether to save on printing and distribution.

Even by industry standards, the Detroit papers have been hit particularly hard, a result of the troubled auto industry's impact on Michigan's economy. Dave Hunke, Detroit Media's chief executive, said in October, "It's time for us to look at some radical departures from our business model."

Weekday circulation has declined 15% at the Free Press and 22% at the News over the past five years, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. As of September, the Free Press had a weekday circulation of 298,243, including 200,110 home and mail subscribers. The comparable numbers at the News were 178,280 and 97,483.

To address the mounting problems, Detroit Media has been working with IDEO Inc., a design firm based in Palo Alto, Calif., for the past six months to help reinvent the papers. The results of their work are scheduled to be unveiled to employees on Tuesday.

The changes are likely to result in significant job cuts. Gannett, which owns 85 daily newspapers, recently said it was eliminating 2,000 positions as part of a 10% staff reduction. Two of its papers, USA Today and the Free Press, were not part of those reductions.

"The Detroit Media Partnership is looking at everything right now just like everyone else in the country," said Leland K. Bassett, a spokesman.

Because the Detroit papers will continue to publish daily electronic versions, the cuts are expected to come mostly, if not entirely, from outside the newsroom, according to people close to the situation.

Curtailing home delivery would bring the Detroit papers much needed savings, but would also carry considerable risk. At a time when newspapers are fighting to retain readers, steering those readers online instead of delivering their paper to the door could cause them to lose the habit of reading a paper daily.

Rumors about Detroit Media's plans have surfaced in recent days on the "Gannett Blog" run by former USA Today reporter Jim Hopkins.

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:03 (eleven years ago) link

In addition to advice, doomsaying, and so on, this is also a space for writers to sip cheap brandy in Titanic deck chairs and dish about redesigns, budget cuts, and outlet shrinkage (which has been happening with an alarming frequency over the past two years or so and continues unabated, in my experience).

Beatrix Kiddo, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:06 (eleven years ago) link

anyone interested in this shd subscribe to 'themediaisdying' on twitter, sort of like watching a car crash

beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:07 (eleven years ago) link

btw to all the writers thinking about jumping over here to PR--it sucks

beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:07 (eleven years ago) link

Over here, a lot of hopes are being pinned to the Web. Which, as the Web person, worries me. Obv. the print model can't just be pasted online and be successful.

Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

btw to all the writers thinking about jumping over here to B2B - we're fucked as well

Go Go Padgett Binoculars (The stickman from the hilarious 'xkcd' comics), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

Newspaper managements are treating the web like it's 1999 and there's a fountain of money just waiting to be tapped. A newspaper group I know recently unveiled its new online revenue plans. #1 amounted to essentially "spam email".

stet, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:14 (eleven years ago) link

it doesnt help that 90% of all newspaper websites are terrible, slow pieces of shit

beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:17 (eleven years ago) link



I'm the first professional staff brought on-board to focus on the Web and the expectations are just not based on reality. (I work for a college newspaper, one of the oldest, circ. of 40k and completely funded by ad revenue).

Luckily, the students I work with have a better grasp of what's possible.

Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

in the ripple effect, last week abitibi-bowater shut down a paper mill in a town/semi-important hub of about 4000ppl near where i grew up, laying off 1100 people. the municipal gov't have had no interest in diversifying their economy, ergo, town is killed. incredibly sad for a lot of people.

rent, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 15:20 (eleven years ago) link

I am old school enough to subscribe to the local daily, The Oregonian, or as it is known in my household, The Incredible Shrinking Newspaper. I swear they have cut page count in half in the past 3-4 months.

The front page section, where national and international news resides, has become especially weak and pathetic. If this is how they plan to compete in a market where news and quasi-news breaks hyperactively, they live in a bizarro world.

Aimless, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 19:29 (eleven years ago) link

#1 amounted to essentially "spam email".

those of you hoping to jump over to the 'spam email' sector ahem sorry, direct marketing sector, it sucks over here as well.

mark e, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 21:08 (eleven years ago) link

last week abitibi-bowater shut down a paper mill

Oh fuck -- do you have any idea what kind(s) of stock they made there?

One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 21:13 (eleven years ago) link

i don't know but this is the plant Laurel, if it helps. they're shutting down or idling at least three more in tennessee and alabama...

swamp buggy badass (negotiable), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:06 (eleven years ago) link

the 1100 number includes everyone expected to be affected: forestry, hydro, etc.

swamp buggy badass (negotiable), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

As long as it's newsprint, I'm safe. At least for now.

One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

Sorry, guys.

One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

First they came for the groundwood etc.

One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:19 (eleven years ago) link

yeah you know you can just put your kindle in a ziplock bag and it's just as good as a book for reading in the tub. I read it in a blog.

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:21 (eleven years ago) link

Looking forward to books being lasered into my brain... What's the eta on that??

beyonc'e (max), Tuesday, 16 December 2008 23:51 (eleven years ago) link

It looks like we're selling our press (after printing our paper on-site for more than 75 years. There will now be only three other universities in the nation who do so.) So we have quite a bit of surplus newsprint if anyone would like it.

Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:01 (eleven years ago) link

I know it ain't the dotcom boom, but the only jobs in media right now are Flash programmers. Nobody wants or needs print people.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:09 (eleven years ago) link

now i feel bad for my devoted use of the library. clearly i should be buying printed things to support not having books lasered into my brain.

Maria, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:48 (eleven years ago) link

apparently journalists at the telegraph have a better chance of keeping their jobs if, along side writing their pieces, they can also edit video.

Manchego Bay (G00blar), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:50 (eleven years ago) link

Amazon will be rly happy when you drop that $360 Kindle into the tub and the ziploc leaks and you have to buy another one to read the 56 "classics" you downloaded at the recommendation of ILB.

One Community Service Mummy, hold the Straightedge Merman (Laurel), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:52 (eleven years ago) link

yeah this is getting off thread topic, but i don't think books are going away just yet. the kindle is cool, sure, but it's not a industry gamechanger like the Ipod.

Mr. Que, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:54 (eleven years ago) link

I can't imagine using a kindle.

How many of you read papers via iPhone or another mobile device?

Not Everyone Can Be Tupac (Susan), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 14:55 (eleven years ago) link

A book is pretty much perfectly designed for what you want to do with it though. In today's day and age, I'm not sure a newspaper is, especially given the speed at which things happen.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:25 (eleven years ago) link

How many of you read papers via iPhone or another mobile device?

stet, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:27 (eleven years ago) link

if a kindle fit in my back pocket i would buy one in like two seconds.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

Does the Kindle do that looong pause and annoying flash every time you turn the page like the Sony Reader does? They need to fix that.

stet, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

what the Reader and Kindle need is a feature where every time you finish a page, a loud bell goes off, then when you finish a chapter, it plays a short fanfare, and when you finish the book, it plays the end-title music from the Godfather. Now that would be both motivational and satisfying.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

In newspapers' partial defense, their problems are hugely magnified by the recession/depression. The economic situation we're facing might have destroyed a few papers even in pre-internet times.

Indiespace Administratester (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 15:53 (eleven years ago) link

The kindle seems prohibitively expensive for most, considering the only thing you can do with it is read books on it.

Nicolars (Nicole), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 16:27 (eleven years ago) link

As I heard it, the man who assembled the newspaper chain which owns my local daily, Si Newhouse, constantly preached that a newspaper is not a vehicle for delivering news, but a vehicle for delivering advertising. Oftentimes I have looked for some news in the product dropped at my doorstep and verified his observation.

Aimless, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:20 (eleven years ago) link

He is right of course. But no news = no vehicle.

Indiespace Administratester (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:39 (eleven years ago) link

Nickel Ads, the Newspaper of The Future!!

Aimless, Wednesday, 17 December 2008 17:56 (eleven years ago) link

two months pass...

RIP rocky mountain news

max, Thursday, 26 February 2009 20:14 (eleven years ago) link

I am considering whether 'twould be nobler in the mind to subscribe to the NYT and read a newspaper whose reason for existance does not revolve around the comics page. But it seems disloyal somehow.

Aimless, Thursday, 26 February 2009 20:21 (eleven years ago) link

StanM, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:55 (eleven years ago) link


max, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:57 (eleven years ago) link

adapt or die, eh?

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 February 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

no wonder they folded, all the news on the sidebar is 150 years late

bobby dijindal (and what), Friday, 27 February 2009 16:01 (eleven years ago) link

Seattle Post-Intelligencer and/or SF Chronicle are probably the next two to drop unless they figure something out

dmr, Friday, 27 February 2009 19:25 (eleven years ago) link

P-I is screwed, might go web-only but who cares if that's the case

linh (jergins), Friday, 27 February 2009 19:44 (eleven years ago) link

(while saving up)

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Friday, 25 January 2019 22:18 (one year ago) link

pareene's got a point about the subsidies. remember when every blank CD you bought included a percentage that went to the labels? the internet is like one vast blank CD allowing everyone to copy everything. which is like, cool, but, you know.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 27 January 2019 19:24 (one year ago) link

man, this fucking world

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 01:44 (one year ago) link

Timely article:

o. nate, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 02:19 (one year ago) link

Dear pop media websites, please know that when you have video features with 200-500 word summaries included afterwards, I just quickly skim the summaries and close out, because I don't really care about the videos. (But if you were to instead write articles, I'd read those.)

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 3 February 2019 00:19 (one year ago) link


true in 2014, true today.

elsewhere, it's not a newspaper but the UK edition of Wired went from 12 issues a year, to 10 and then to 6 in the space of a year and a half and the subscription cost REMAINED THE SAME. it was a 50% saving on the cover price, it's now 5%.

koogs, Sunday, 3 February 2019 21:17 (one year ago) link

A very cool thing about the VICE layoffs is that they waited until the first of the month—you know, the day when people generally need to pay their rent—to destroy 250 people’s livelihoods. You absolute soulless bastards

— Kim Kelly (@GrimKim) February 2, 2019

Groove(box) Denied (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 3 February 2019 23:38 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

Today is an extremely difficult day, the worst day—and I’m heart-broken and devastated. We learned this morning, without any warning, that our primary funder is cutting off all charitable giving and that our board is shutting down @PacificStand, effective next Friday.

— Nicholas Jackson (@nbj914) August 7, 2019

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 August 2019 19:41 (one year ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 7 August 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

nymag acquired by vox

mookieproof, Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:07 (one year ago) link

can’t read that on phone but yiiiiiiiikes

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Wednesday, 25 September 2019 01:32 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

The I acquired by the Daily Mail.

BREAKING: Daily Mail publisher DMGT has bought the i paper from JPI Media for £49.6m

— Press Gazette (@pressgazette) November 29, 2019

Srinivasaraghavan VONCataraghavan (ShariVari), Friday, 29 November 2019 11:19 (nine months ago) link

Is there any sense to this acquisition?

xyzzzz__, Friday, 29 November 2019 11:28 (nine months ago) link

misread as "Then I acquired the Daily Mail"

wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 29 November 2019 14:47 (nine months ago) link

two months pass...

According to this thread the Torygraph seems to be in real trouble, what a shame.

The more I look into this story, the more I'm convinced that something isn't right at The Telegraph.

— Chris McCrudden (@cmccrudden) February 19, 2020

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:53 (seven months ago) link

Good. Their website still looks abysmal too. Even if they can get the clicks they can't get the staff.

nashwan, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:57 (seven months ago) link

their profit fell by *95%* last year to just under a million which is a) fucking hilarious and b) hang on a sec wtf is going on here?

maybe some of that drop is investment into digital but i would put a high probability that nobody is investing *anything* rn while it’s in freefall.

i smell something v dodgy in the background there. i think they pulled out of the circulation boosting stuff for BA and hotels etc last year as well, which may be a *cause* but tbh i doubt it and it’s more likely an effect of whatever accounting revealed about the state of their books.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 16:49 (seven months ago) link

Their owners are incredibly litigious.

Oh, here’s a disconnected thought I just had: weren’t there companies quite recently whose owners sucked virtually all the profit out of the business before selling it into a sudden collapse? I think there were.

stet, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 17:39 (seven months ago) link

could almost be in another thread the second part of your post there, stet, so utterly unrelated is it.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:21 (seven months ago) link

to be strictly fair on the digital strategy, i was at a big european educational publishers last week and they managed to piss away an annual 30 million euro profit on copyright compliance and their very nascent digital strategy and i literally don’t know how they did it.

consequence, a bunch of pissed off product managers who are now being told to chase short-term ad revenue rather than building a digital platform that needs to come in in the next two years.

protection of huge historically guaranteed revenues and extreme caution about anything that might disrupt that including their own attempt to avoid disruption. it is textbook.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:37 (seven months ago) link

Related: Is there a thread for the rapid death of the textbook industry?

ShariVari, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:40 (seven months ago) link

That is a grave we should all dance upon of course

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:42 (seven months ago) link

the closed market and high margins of textbooks are awful. but there are considerable difficulties in replacing then. you've got content creators who are producing pedagogical material designed to deliver curriculums, then you've got the content editors and content designers, putting it onto the page. that framework of expertise needs to replicated in a digital space. how you gatekeep and QA that material is complicated

that's not easy for all sorts of reasons. funding is one: the current model generally across higher and k12 educational establishments is a capex/funding ask one. the model for digital platforms tends to be a subscription/opex model, and state and educational sectors generally aren't really set up for that.

another example is just the standard problem of moving behaviour from one mode to another - one example of needing to change editor behaviour is that they're very considerable perfectionists – not unreasonably given a mistake in print could last a full textbook edition cycle (which is, what? 3-5 years?). However, digital deployments allow for early deployments, feedback and iterative corrections - and it's really hard to get the editors to respond to that.

infrastructure in schools (i'm talking about europe here, I haven't got a great knowledge of UK schools) varies greatly. if you're going to start using phones, tablets and laptops as replacements for textbooks you need solid wifi and connectivity (certainly the schools in germany haven't got that yet, though there's a government project to invest €2 billion in school infra in the next two years).

so textbooks do what they need to do generally very well, despite rinsing out institutions - how you retain a high quality educational framework in a digital age is quite challenge from my limited look at it. (that's if you don't factor in the natural conservatism of companies who make $$$ out of the textbooks of course, but it's hard to disrupt because of state and federally/government sanctioned curriculums.

Fizzles, Friday, 21 February 2020 20:03 (seven months ago) link

The biggest disruptors at the moment are probably students and teachers who realise that the subject matter doesn’t change much from one year to the next so there isn’t really a bar to just buying a textbook at a quarter of the retail price from the previous year’s graduating class. Amazon Marketplace, and companies that will rent you a book for as long as you need it, make that even easier. That hasn’t affected K12 as much as HE but the margins in HE tend to be far, far higher.

The ‘digital transformation’, ime, has often had more to do with trying to force people away from that behaviour by keeping important resources digitally paywalled - unlocked with unique codes bundled with print books - than fundamentally moving beyond print. You have companies who have proudly been trumpeting a ‘digital first’ strategy for the last five years still explaining why their sales are flatlining or they’re drowning in debt by pointing to a decline in the willingness to buy paper books.

There have been some quite good initial attempts at meaningful blended learning / digital textbook solutions but they have been limited by, as you say, lack of infrastructure in schools and universities - in combination with a lack of experience/ expertise in the part of publishers in managing huge, complex digital platforms. There is also a sinking feeling that customers will always expect digital resources to cost a fraction of print ones, even if they end up being more expensive for publishers to operationalise.

Editors will probably have to get over a reluctance to iterate. The subscription model is likely to be inevitable. Something I keep hearing is a ‘FIFA model’ - minor annual updates to a core product that fundamentally never changes. I suspect that almost everyone talking about it doesn’t know how much people resent having to buy FIFA every year or how much of that purchasing behaviour is driven by the social aspect of needing the same version as your friends in order to play each other.

ShariVari, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:45 (seven months ago) link

That’s why the Dragon Quest model is better.

El Tomboto, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:54 (seven months ago) link

idk I was sort of figuring progressively more educators would write textbooks and upload them as PDFs for free

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 21 February 2020 23:55 (seven months ago) link

the scribd / wikipedia model of education. fuck peer review anyway! Sanpaku would mop up, he can teach anything

El Tomboto, Friday, 21 February 2020 23:59 (seven months ago) link

I mean there's lots of college math textbooks released under this model at least. Couldn't tell you how many classes other than those of the authors adopt them, of course.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Saturday, 22 February 2020 00:00 (seven months ago) link

interesting post, SV. And your point about packaging 'digital access' with books is otm - when someone told me how they were doing this my response was 'what, like a CD-ROM?!' and they smiled ruefully and basically said 'those were the days' where they made a load of additional cash out of digital.

Fizzles, Saturday, 22 February 2020 08:11 (seven months ago) link

I don't know much about textbooks in K12 so I won't comment on that.

In France HE textbooks are much less of a thing than they are in the usa (don't know uk). Profs generally write their own lecture notes, and those are made available either (old fashioned) as copies in the library or online (I do the latter). This is obviously the best solution for serious universities, where the teaching faculty are also active researchers. I'm an editor of an "open" textbook in my speciality, managed through GitHub so that teachers can assemble their text à la carte from the components we've collectively written. Obviously this is free as in beer. You can also have the books printed on command so students who don't have good access to the net/machine can use the book (you then just pay for the printing). This is, I hope, the future of textbooks.

pet friendly (Euler), Saturday, 22 February 2020 10:00 (seven months ago) link

also an interesting post, Euler.

as you say, probably harder to do with K12 and state curriculums, but v interesting as a possible future model.

to get this thread back on track this joyous news cross-posted from the rolling UK politics thread:

Fizzles, Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:21 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

the end point of this terminal stage of big money liberalism is the heartbreaking plea, "why aren't donors stepping up to rescue [thing they don't actually care about]"

— 'Weird Alex' Pareene (@pareene) April 19, 2020

brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Monday, 20 April 2020 13:17 (five months ago) link

Someone stick a fork in the Herald

What do you think of David Icke's conspiracy theories?

— HeraldScotland (@heraldscotland) May 1, 2020

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Friday, 1 May 2020 23:59 (four months ago) link

We asked Nicola Sturgeon if she had the brainpower to recognise that the coronavirus has been cooked up to help usher in a tyrannical fascist world government.

She declined to comment. 

Seriously get this to fuck.

Non, je ned raggette rien (onimo), Saturday, 2 May 2020 00:06 (four months ago) link

a mix between shite and bollocks with the swagger of a cunt?

(i tried)

mookieproof, Saturday, 2 May 2020 01:54 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Print newspaper sales figures are supposed to be out today. But following industry representations, they no longer have to be made public. The monthly ABC sales charts have also been stopped permanently as they give "stimulus to write a negative narrative of circulation decline".

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) May 21, 2020


If you keep the decline a secret maybe it will stop.

ShariVari, Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:14 (four months ago) link


Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:49 (four months ago) link

Note: Tribune Publishing has cut salaries & instituted furloughs citing the pandemic/the economy but the savings to the company is ~less than~ what it is paying in severance to one (1) executive. These decisions are made deliberately to enrich the few on the backs of the many.

— Nina Metz (@Nina_Metz) May 21, 2020

Bleeqwot (sic), Thursday, 21 May 2020 21:42 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

probably of no interest to non-pittsburghers but shit is *going down*with the post-gazette. western pa’s biggest supermarket chain just said they’d stop stocking it!

(owner/publisher are right wing racists, see google for most recent details, which are Fucked Up)

mookieproof, Thursday, 11 June 2020 04:14 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...


Scoop from @kdoctor:

"Leaders in the field of nonprofit journalism are deciding over the next 48 hours whether or not to make a bid for all of @mcclatchy, sources tell me."

The idea: create the country's first major nonprofit newspaper chain.

— Joshua Benton (@jbenton) June 29, 2020

mookieproof, Monday, 29 June 2020 20:27 (two months ago) link

^ if this can be made to work, it will show the way out of the current hellscape

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 29 June 2020 20:29 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I believe we slept on 'TEACH BOYS TO DUST'

Came across this montage I made for a presentation when working at EC London office. Wonder if future historians will look at who took decisions to bombard UK public with this drivel day after day, why they did it and did it bring them or anyone any gains in the end?

— Mark English (@EULondonMark) August 5, 2020

nashwan, Thursday, 6 August 2020 10:33 (one month ago) link

disappointing there are only two NOW... headlines there

オニモ (onimo), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:42 (one month ago) link

Oh wait, three

オニモ (onimo), Thursday, 6 August 2020 14:43 (one month ago) link

four weeks pass...

this is amazing

stet, Friday, 4 September 2020 15:53 (three weeks ago) link

sorry that's paywalled. it's about how Wirecard tried to discredit the FT by setting up fake news operations with spies bribing market manipulators and other evil-billionaire nonsense.

stet, Friday, 4 September 2020 15:57 (three weeks ago) link

I totally thought, for a second, that you were posting about the FT's baroque payment structure.

tater totalitarian (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 4 September 2020 15:58 (three weeks ago) link

Such a great read. Like a spy thriller or something.

Just a few slices of apple, Servant. Thank you. How delicious. (stevie), Friday, 4 September 2020 16:32 (three weeks ago) link

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