Monday, May 29, 2017

When you wake up on Monday morning getting advice from The Palm Beach Post, that’s a sign. You know things are bad.

The latest from the Post is another round of layoffs and they raised the price for paper delivery too.

So when they come out with advice for our Mayor Pam Triolo, in a commentary that wasn’t labelled a “Commentary”, you know things are not looking good for our City’s leadership right now. This is real bad, folks.

It’s starting to feel like 2012 again when everyone in Palm Beach County felt so sorry for us. Remember “Good Ole Lake Worth”?

Anyhow, an idea for a future “Commentary” in the Post:

Still unexplained: Why did the Post shut down their Tallahassee Bureau?

The Palm Beach Post has still to explain this to their paying subscribers and digital readership: Why did they shut down their Tallahassee bureau and let go of reporters John Kennedy and David Rogers?

And should they take another look at whether or not they made a “colossal mistake” when they shut down their printing presses and sent all those jobs to Broward County? But a tiny Hoffman’s Chocolate location in Downtown Lake Worth closed. . . remember when that was THE big news?

Here is more from the Poynter Institute (“A global leader in journalism”), an article titled, “Newspapers are still widely read, but business outlook remains gloomy”; an excerpt:

The end of the year [2016] has been rife with news of layoffs and buyouts, with companies including Dow Jones, The New York Times and Gannett announcing cuts near the end of 2016.
     Just a few individual newspapers — most of them national and international brands like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post — have been able to successfully leverage that expanded reach into viable digital subscription businesses. [emphasis added]
     But with print revenue dwindling and Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook gobbling up the digital advertising, regional and local titles will need to shore up alternative revenue streams to keep their businesses sustainable — and their reach intact.

Now back to the question: When will the Post explain to their readership why reporters John Kennedy and David Rogers were let go? Isn’t that news their paying subscribers want and deserve to know?