Sunday, January 22, 2006

A case of the newspaper blues in Durham

For those interested in the media covering the media, Durham's Independent Weekly posts a feature analyzing the first year after the buyout of the Durham Hearld-Sun by the Paxton group. Circulation is down 15.4 percent and page count is dropping. Some insiders believe that despite Paxton's dedication to putting local news on the front page, the newspaper with a formerly scrappy reputation may be losing its edge to scoop its giant rival, Raleigh's News and Observer, on the homefront. Herald-Sun editor Bob Ashley serves as the article's main character. Plenty of observations from former employees, some fired when Paxton first took over and others who have left during the past year. Read it.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Brent said...

Such is the case with the High Point Enterprise. I have several friends who still work there. The paper has gone to crap, the morale is low, and the wet-behind-the-ears reporters are not receiving any real guidance. Not that the current editor can really provide any. The one thing that I can say that I am proud of Paxton for is, much to the old-school editor's chagrin, the newsroom finally got voicemail. It is only 2006, but there is no more breaking concentration on a story to answer a colleague's phone and take a message.

1/23/2006  
Blogger Glenn said...

Thought you might be interested in that one Brent. I'm glad not to be in the newspaper business. Have you heard anything about a drop in circulation at the Enterprise?

1/23/2006  
Anonymous Brent said...

No. To my knowledge, those numbers haven't been published by the N&R. I can't tell by the Audit Bureau of Circulations's report numbers. It doesn't tell when the last audit occurred though.

But does it count that I no longer know anyone who subscribes to the Enterprise?

1/24/2006  
Blogger Glenn said...

I'd say your not knowing any Enterprise subscribers means something and don't think it's good for the newspaper.

1/24/2006  

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