If, in retrospect, our editorial stances were so frequently dead wrong, then why write them in the first place?
The Times, which used to hire mostly from regional papers or within, is now taking advantage of the strong national market for journalists.
I think there are not now, nor were there then, very many television newsrooms that attracted on-air people, photographers, writers, and editors who were hired not for their hair, but for what grew under it.
The pioneering broadcast company was started in Seattle by the fabled Dorothy Bullitt, an indomitable business leader who ran the company, as did her three children, with panache, high standards, and idealism.
Bernstein was one of the last of his kind: a national reporter without a degree.
Can you trust news based on anonymous sources?
The inaugural issues of Cascadia Daily News are so superior to current issues of the Bellingham Herald as to force the hedge fund owners of the Herald to look at their hole cards.
Rather than seeing these three departures as a sign of abandoning city hall reporting, the reality is there is a lot of churn in local media.
"To work at the CBC in the current climate is to embrace cognitive dissonance and to abandon journalistic integrity. It is to sign on, enthusiastically, to a radical political agenda that originated on Ivy League campuses in the United States and spread through American social media platforms that monetize outrage and stoke societal divisions."
It's an encouraging sign that a wealthy tech person as successful and energized as Jonathan Sposato would wade in and return an important media product to local ownership (he says he will include future investors). But the heyday of regional lifestyle magazines may have passed.
It is no joke, but rather a profound danger to our democratic character and destiny and the future of journalism.
By third quarter of next year, a Seattle site will join the Axios Local network, according to Adweek, which reports that there will be 11 new local Axios sites in 2022.
New Executive Editor David Lee, a filmmaker with commercial television experience, says he wants to create a new way of doing opinion writing.
Justice Gorsuch asks, "If ensuring an informed democratic debate is the goal, how well do we serve that interest with rules that no longer merely tolerate but encourage falsehoods in quantities no one could have envisioned almost 60 years ago?"
The news on the news has been mixed recently with something to celebrate but a report that highlights ongoing challenges.
Crosscut/KCTS must move from its Seattle Center building by the end of 2024. An unexercised purchase agreement would move the media company to First Hill.
Newspapers have seen their traditional ad-supported business models fray and fall apart, while Google, Insta, Facebook et al have grown fat and sassy. And news publishers look at Google & Co.’s pots of money and cry “foul – you’ve stolen our ad dollars.” Surely reparations are in order.
This venture, which currently goes by the name name Cascadia Newspaper Co., will be a for-profit publication, unlike many journalism startups.
From one who has been there -- I can report that, if Kristof does choose to run for Oregon's governor, the journalist will face multiple hurdles.
The Stranger, like most newspapers, has endured wrenching changes in recent years. It survived all the cuts, particularly in its mainstay entertainment advertising, thanks to a generous amount of federal PPP money and its new pitch for one-time and monthly contributions, now amounting to 35 percent of revenue.
Can newspapers survive? The latest data isn't encouraging.
The guard is changing at a time of increasing challenges for news organizations including issues of diversity, economic survival and retention of staff, especially of women and people of color. All these struggles come amid the ongoing attacks on media over so-called “fake news” and questions about credibility and trust as audiences splinter and turn to only like-minded social media.
Some women in the 1970s marched for equality or protested the lack of it. But Susan, Linda, Nina, and Cokie used their distinctive perches to elevate sex in another way -- working many times harder than men while wielding microphones, as Susan described them, as "magic wands waved against silence."
It still seems a shame to dump a lively sounding term like op-ed, substituting (drum roll, please) "Guest Essays."
April sees the death throes of half a dozen community newspapers -- Ballard News-Tribune, Highline Times, West Seattle Herald, Des Moines News, SeaTac News and White Center News -- final print editions of the Robinson Newspapers chain
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.