Will the LA Times Be Next?
Roderick’s role is interesting. He spent nearly 25 years at the LA Times and now follows the paper, among other journalism-related activities on his blog. In a recent post, he cites Kinsey Lowe, former of the paper, as emailing:
Sorry ladies and gentlemen, but after nearly three decades I’m giving it up.
I support all your efforts but this latest affront is just too much to let it pass. Not the notion of selling advertising on Page 1, but the nature of the ad itself. What a desperately, astonishingly tired idea. It makes the Staples debacle look absolutely brilliant.
I’ve already strung along for far longer than was even convenient.
I still pay for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and maintain Variety and other paid online-only subscriptions.
I know this is a betrayal, and for that I’m sorry, but “they” won’t understand anything less.
There used to be a sort of truism about newspapers, that you could ruin a reputation overnight but it takes 10 years to build a new one.
So Georgetown students, here’s this week’s assignment. Listen to the entire podcast, and post your comment or question on our blog. And for that extra added element of intellectual curiosity, you may want to listen to the whole of Eric’s interview as well.
Posts are due no later than 5:00pm on Tuesday April 14th. Those panicking about not filing their tax returns may want to start this one early…