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Date Posted: 23:22:58 08/24/16 Wed
Author: These are what the stories would be!
Subject: Re: Earth to City Paper!
In reply to: Seriously, what would the story be? 's message, "Re: Earth to City Paper!" on 10:16:23 08/24/16 Wed

The internal strife at both papers would be one thing. The Scaife kids business everyone knows. Some insights from staffers as to what they think the Trib's and PG's respective futures will be might be nice to know. Also, how did the Guild-less Trib newsroom decide who stayed and went among staffers who didn't take buyouts? At the PG, why did the Blocks invest in the high-tech Clinton production plant when they claim they're focused on a digital future? What are they doing with the Boulevard building? Does Shribman ever stand up on behalf of his newsroom to JR and Allan Block like a real editor should? Also why did the PG Deputy ME promoted to create that future quit not even a year after being promoted?

Those would be good places to start if CP cared to bother.

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[> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- Now ask yourself this:, 04:30:45 08/25/16 Thu [1]

Who in the general public would care about most of these navel-gazing questions? I can't see the general reader saying, "Ethel, why did the PG Deputy ME quit? That's been keeping me up nights."
In an era of limited resources, I can't justify the labor on a piece on the failing state of journalism. It's pretty obvious why, including, as this thread so eloquently proves, a dubious belief as to what constitutes news.
Maybe if one of the papers goes under, a post-mortem might be in order.
But outside journalism, the average reader doesn't care, sorry to say.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- A slightly different perspective, 23:31:34 08/25/16 Thu [1]

City Paper has taken on the PG before, per the coverage of ex-PG columnist Jennifer Graham's bigotry.

http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2015/06/04/pittsburgh-post-gazette-takes-on-caitlyn-jenners-gender-looks-really-really-hateful-in-the-process

Of course they never bothered to look into why Graham was hired as a columnist by Shribman) and why she didn't stay long before moving to the Deseret News. That's not navel gazing. That's covering the media and the overall mess at both papers is worth covering at least to some degree. It's not navel gazing. The only local journalists who'd think it is might be those with some futile hope of joining the crew of one of the two sinking ships.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- DL, 13:27:49 08/26/16 Fri [1]

You think the general public doesn't wonder why the papers cost more and give them less?

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[> [> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- Baby Steps, 16:08:39 08/26/16 Fri [1]

Laziness on City Paper's part. It's no more complex than that. Don't make the big competition mad. Potter got a job at the PG. Who's to say someone else at CP might not have a shot? Play it nice. Play it lazy.

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[> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- The Future Prints, 23:01:53 08/25/16 Thu [1]

>At the PG, why did the Blocks invest in the high-tech Clinton production plant when they claim they're focused on a digital future?

Because they say its ROI is only 2 yrs.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Earth to City Paper! -- Paper reader, 19:38:35 08/26/16 Fri [1]

The Blocks are following the Trib Total Media model by contracting print services for other publications. They can boast of having more modern equipment.

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