I wonder just how many people here actually subscribe to their daily local paper.
(For the record, I do.)
I did for over 20 years at my current location. Finally threw in the towel and canceled when they gutted the paper to the point I couldn't get any real news out of the thing.
They stopped covering international news. Then they largely stopped covering national news. They shrank, then eliminated the editorial pages (my favorite). And the comics. Then they shrank the physical size of the paper itself. They continually reduced the remaining local-only "news" coverage. About all that was left was stories about whether we should have red light ticketing cameras near the elementary schools. I needed a little more than that and the high school football scores.
A few years ago I walked up to the paper's booth at the local state fairgrounds. The girl there said they were soliciting suggestions for improving the paper. I replied, how about start by putting back some real news stories. And the editorials. And the comics. She just stared at me. Apparently better content was not a checkbox on her form.
Or, more telling...
I know someone who applied for a software development job at The Seattle Times. Was told the interview was going along great until the question was asked, "Do you prefer to read the news online or on paper?" When the answer was "mostly online, but sometimes it's still really nice to sit down with a real printed newspaper on a Saturday morning" the interview was essentially over. And not with a positive outcome.
When the newspapers themselves do not even have faith in their own product they have sealed their own fates.
And yes, there are parallels here...
When I am being utterly true to my self and to be quite honest, severely limit my time on the internet, I go forward in big strides, my personal and professional life do better almost instantly.
As a professional photographer who has carefully cut a deep niche, I know for a fact I have more to offer than to have my work's value be the decision of everyone around me. But I don't know whether to sympathize with or slap the Sun photogs who stayed on so long, I left staff newspaper work nearly ten years ago in seeing what was coming...the sad thing being it is going to get so much worse in that genre...
To hell with "Adapt or Die", why follow? Innovate or Die I say....
The local Ganett paper and TV station are constantly encouraging and using amatures for run-of the mill stories and news.
It's where we are, I have said nothing of disrespect, just making economic observations. Period... done with this.
I have done ENG videography for 3 decades.... nuf said about whatever disrespect conjured that I have.
Ok VPM, I was responding to the statements in #36 and your implied endorsement of such sentiment in #37. If you feel your endorsement of #36 via #37 doesn't include the bashing of videography, I am sorry for not realizing "bingo" only endoresed some of #36's sentiment. I've worked in the videography industry and it is as tough as any and an art, and wont stand here and let videography be marginalized.