There was a time when you could count on a local paper, even twice a day. It was published locally, sold locally, with localized biases.
Now? Those corporate overlords of the newspaper industry continue to shed weight, all in pursuit of shareholder value and end-of-year bonuses for the C-suite.
This week’s Exhibit A: The Florida Times-Union shed more staff, attrition the increasingly thin sheet can ill afford.
Gannett offered 500 buyouts companywide, and as First Coast News reports, four TU journalists took them.
Editorial Page Editor Mike Clark, Enterprise Reporter Andrew Pantazi, award-winning photographer Will Dickey and reporter Sandy Strickland are all headed out, representing yet another exodus of talent and knowledge with no replacements on deck.
While an editorial page editor’s ultimate utility is debatable, Clark knows the city like few others and is comfortable in any room.
Dickey’s departure leaves the paper even more short-handed for photographs. (Are they cloning Bob Self?)
And Strickland is an institution.
As with most newspapers, the numbers game is an ugly one