A friend writes: “As a young child one of my fondest memories was sitting with my dad while he read your dad’s paper. I remember trying to practice my Vietnamese by reading the paper out loud and it made my parents so happy.”
There have been plans to knock down the press houses for at least 20 years. One of the reasons it didn’t happen in the 2000s was the opposition of David Postman,⁵ who then presided over a three-person statehouse bureau for The Seattle Times in the Blue House’s best space, with a view of the capitol and the fountain.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed in our constitution, meaning that the government does not control expression. However, the constitution is silent on what happens when a few hawkers dominate the marketplace, and the free press is effectively narrowed to near-monopolies controlling most outlets.
In a small town, “It all comes down to the relationship between a newspaper and a community that values real journalism.”
Mostly, the heady moment of alternative/urbanist/radical culture which gave birth to city weeklies in almost all large cities, couldn't survive economic downturns, social media, and the fading of the 1960s.
In Seattle, the Times is reducing its rented space from four floors to one, but that does not reflect any cuts in personnel so much as the new hybrid work model.
"I don’t think I had to bring about editorial changes. This was already a hard-working newsroom with a lot of talented journalists. I think I stressed that message of 'urgency every day' and going deeper on stories and turning them faster."
This anti-media vitriol has been growing for years amid burgeoning mistrust of mainstream media, and not just among extremists. Journalists have become popular targets for extremists from both the left and right, and in politics this blame the media trope has been a favorite of almost all presidents whether Democrat or Republican.
As reality bit and the terminology changed over the coming days, you could track the emerging acknowledgment at the network (and the Right generally) as to just what happened at the Capitol, and who instigated it.
It’s encouraging and inspiring to hear about the “firsts” and the ongoing advancement of women in the news business. But the fact that in 2020 women still are breaking barriers underscores that gender equality remains a goal, not a reality.
Local dailies have great range in topics but not a lot of national synergy. Chalkbeat, by contrast, has a single topic and is "national." In this sense it is much more attuned to thy way people consume news these days -- national standards, single topic.
It’s a national crisis that’s been accelerating at warp speed since 1990, when newspaper revenue began to crater because the internet eliminated want ads and much of print retail advertising.
Publisher Frank Blethen has just celebrated a 75th birthday and means to stick around another five years. He's worked with the fifth generation of the family and affirms they remain strong on never selling the paper.
The 75-year-old publisher confirmed that he will stay on another five years. The Seattle Times company, he said, “is in the best position we’ve been in over the past 10-15 years.”
Doggerel inspired by a grave in Ireland whose tombstone reads "Tell Me the News", which, being a lifelong news junkie, I always thought I'd like mine to read too.
If the digital political landscape in this disorienting, dispiriting year gives you the creeps, imagine where we’re headed if hackable digital tech, unmanaged media, and microtargeted marketing rampage on without brakes or scruples.
What would you have asked Ruth Bader Ginsburg if you unexpectedly found yourself chatting like girlfriends?
Commonly headlines scream results that invalidate the adage of “correlation does not imply causality.” If a study finds an association between two things, it does not mean one thing caused the other to happen. This is especially true with health-related news.
Are journalists and those they cover too cozy in the nation's capital?
Woodward's basic defense is that a book is designed to give more context to incendiary quotes, which takes time, and naturally he needed to find out if Trump was, as usual, lying about what he knew and why he minimized the pandemic.
While it is true that use of unnamed sources can be problematic, there sometimes is a need to resort to them when that is the only way to unlock a big story. However, it should be done with care.
Apparently the goal at Crosscut is to come as close as the newsroom can to reflecting demographics of the region or city. That's a complicated, tail-chasing task.
We want to trust the news media, but a new study finds we often don't.
The COVID lockdown has meant less time in cars and cars are the place people listen to the radio.
Instead of building bridges of understanding into Red or Conservative or “deplorable” America, liberal elites are siloing themselves in a way similar to those who watch only FOX News.
Seattle media exhibits a growing monoculture of reporting that is too-predictably sympathetic to victims and underdogs. "Follow the victim" has supplanted the old mantra of "follow the money."
All this puts protesters in a tricky situation, playing with matches. Their issues and grievances typically have a tough time breaking through to media attention.
Like newspapers everywhere, the Times has been decimated by plummeting circulation and ad revenue, by repeated layoffs and slashed budgets. The stately art deco office building and modern printing plant are long gone. But the paper continues to pursue gutsy journalism and national prizes.
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I am not joking when I say that those cable news sets remind me of horror movies. I keep expecting someone wearing a hockey goalie’s mask to sneak up on the pundit in question and strangle him or slash his throat. And depending on who the pundit is, I sometimes kind of root for it.
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