It is great to see legislators fight to keep these papers alive. However, when state government is looking to cut spending, it may be difficult to keep these institutions afloat.
The article relays how these types of operations have become watchdogs and have forced traditional news outlets to cover their stories.
“Their news coverage and hard-digging investigative reporting stand out in an Internet landscape long dominated by partisan commentary, gossip, vitriol and citizen journalism posted by unpaid amateurs.”
Via the Connecticut Gazetteer:
Imagine that the ladder of “print” is getting slowly pulled up. Which mother ship is it getting pulled up into? We wonder if new chief Schiller will expand the part of NPR online that simulates print. And locally, they have the advantage of a strong reporting/anchoring staff. John Dankosky is becoming a brand name for them. Four years from now, all news operations will be somewhat similar — some blend online multimedia plus broadcast. NPR and its Connecticut affiliate might be very good at that.
Via the Connecticut Gazetter:
The Courant has to hunt up a new left-leaning columnist to replace Bill Curry, who ended his column last Sunday. How they do this will say a lot about how well they grasp the changing industry. One possible move would be to reach back toward such “old hands” as Michelle Jacklin and David Fink. They certainly know the territory. But a move like that is an admission that the Courant is stuck in “old news” thinking. The next four years will be about some kind of convergence of media, with a heavy emphasis on the online product. Would the Courant be better off looking for somebody with a little more digital expertise and orientation? (Maybe even somebody who likes to shoot, edit and upload video. But that might be asking too much.)
The New Haven Register announced today that they are eliminating 20 jobs – 5 of which will be from their newsroom. The newsroom cuts include 3 employees who worked on the paper’s Play magazine, which will no longer be circulated.
The Register’s parent company, the Journal Register Co., also owns the New Britain Herald and the Bristol Press as well as several Connecticut weeklies. Earlier this week, the company announced that these papers will close up unless buyers come forward.
The Laurel Club was an organization of Connecticut legislative reporters established in 1909. It was formed “To foster cooperation among legislative newspapermen; to promote better government by accurate and fearless reporting; to puncture the overinflated egos of legislators.”
We at The Laurel aim to carry the torch of the Laurel Club by keeping the State’s media outlets in the limelight. We will attempt to bring out what is going on in the Connecticut media and monitor its shifts in style and substance as well as its structural changes.
We invite all interested parties to participate.
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