Sharp reporting on economics of media almost gone.The world of alternative print media has dramatically changed in recent years. Consolidation caused by the economics of scale, as well as the addiction to growth, has diminished the sharp edges and crucial opinion pieces from many alternative papers, many of which are part of business chains.
We know only too well what happened to our alternative newspaper.
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3. (front Times, acquired in 1999 by the New Times chain, continues to produce some excellent investigative pieces, but the content that once engaged St. Louis readers--deeply informed and timely local stories--has largely disappeared.
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Mark blatant advertising for , using . , AAN AAN American Association of Neurology , lists 130 members, ranging in circulation from 8,000 (The Texas Observer) to 208,548 (L.A. Weekly).
Although having the lowest circulation, the 53-year-old, biweekly Observer has a national reputation for producing deeply informed, engaging journalism. Its circulation is based on paid subscriptions, but that's not the only thing that makes it unusual: It still believes in enterprise and investigative journalism, not pandering.
Of the 130 publications that are members of the AAN, 75 belong to companies that own at least one other media property, reports Editor & Publisher in its August edition. These 75 are owned by 25 companies, including some mainstream media companies, such as the Chicago-based Tribune Co. The biggest player is Village Voice Media, formerly New Times, which owns 16.
Village Voice Media was formed last year, after the New Times chain acquired the six Village Voice newspapers. A key factor behind the deal, Editor & Publisher reports, was New Times' desire to add important advertising markets, including New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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The deal allowed New Times to spread its formulaic brand of journalism, and, in the process, it drove off and silenced some unique and valuable voices. The crown jewel Crown jewel
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It's a shame, because the alternative press has served as an important check on the mainstream media, which has always had trouble reporting on its own shortcomings A shortcoming is a character flaw.
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During Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.'s campaign to acquire Dow Jones & Co. and the Wall Street Journal, observers claim, reported every step meticulously. Will it continue that policy once Murdoch takes control?
It is not the practice of media companies to report on their economic well-being. The Public Editor Clark Hoyt of The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Times headlined his July 22 column "Tiptoeing Around the Family Business." Clark writes, "The Times is a big story. You can read about it elsewhere." (Although Clark's criticism is valid, nevertheless, the paper has a "public editor," unlike the St. Louis Post-Dispatch The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. Although written to serve Greater St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch is one of the largest newspapers in the region, and is available and read as far west as Springfield, Missouri. , which abolished its "Readers' Advocate" years ago.)
In St. Louis, one of the biggest local media stories was the proposed closing of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat The St. Louis Globe-Democrat (casually referred to as The Globe) was a daily newspaper based in St. Louis, Missouri. It began operations on July 1, 1852 as the Missouri Democrat, which later merged with the St. Louis Globe. It was St. in 1983. Under the Joint Operating Agency agreement between Pulitzer, the owner of the Post, and Newhouse, owner of the Globe, our two local daily papers shared business and advertising operations for many years. Only the editorial departments were separate. Neither paper ever reported details of the agreement. It fell on the alternative press, including this publication, to shed light on the JOA JOA Joint Operating Agreement
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JOA Joint Operating Area , including reporting details of the deal that silenced one of the city's important voices. (Roland Klose analyzed happenings exhaustively in SJR SJR Senate Joint Resolution
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SJR Saint Joseph Regional High School (USA) , which won the publication the 1983 National Lowell Mellett award.) Newhouse was amply rewarded for its decision to kill the Globe, getting to split Post profits for years.
That type of detailed reporting on the media, whether by alternative or mainstream media, has almost completely disappeared.
At publications in a few cities, such as the Bay Guardian in San Francisco, that information is still available. But in many others, including St. Louis, readers are kept in the dark.
Charles L. Klotzer is the editor/publisher emeritus of SJR.