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Date Posted: 05:02:48 07/15/16 Fri
Author: Jedediah Leland
Subject: Re: Online only PG
In reply to: The revolution will not be edited or even lazily proofread 's message, "Re: Online only PG" on 13:48:47 07/14/16 Thu

The only thing the PG obsesses about is digital, digital digital. Of course they just lost the editor-savior whose somewhat overblown vision was going to take them digital. She was smart enough to see where things were going and bailed. She's not alone. Some of what gets into the print PG is determined by how similar stories play digitally. Print should still be a big factor here since a lot of older people prefer a physical paper. That doesn't matter to the powers that be. Cut back home delivery, they say. In its own way it's indeed a "vanity operation." Its publisher likes to delude himself into thinking he's creating his version of the New York Times. He's not. The PG is collapsing and they don't have a clue how to proceed. Charging more per copy and offering less won't work. That simple logic seems beyond their Ivy League comprehension.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Online only PG -- loss follower, 10:55:37 07/16/16 Sat [1]

Do the editors at the PG even read the New York Times? Sentence by sentence, phrase by phrase, the PG has nothing in common with the Times. Reading the PG, especially the softer features, is like reading the writing of undergraduates.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Re: Online only PG -- Jedediah Leland, 16:49:16 07/16/16 Sat [1]

You're right, of course. The NYT fixation, including the ridiculous courtesy titles that ape the Times, were not Shribman's idea but John Robbie's. He thinks prestige will save the PG even as the writing grows more pathetic by the week. They can't even keep a Deputy ME for long! I don't think buyouts will be required to get more people to leave. Younger staff are heading for the doors, and who can blame them?

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