Newspapers’ Debt Dilemma

It's a sad state of affairs for journalism in America. While we are fortunate to have some electronic choices that provide thorough, balanced reporting, they cannot replace the value of newspapers in this country. I am young and I still need the tactile connection and cannot imagine the loss of full-scale, in-depth articles. As for the Union-Tribune, aside from the changes in news appetites, changing demographics and recession-plagued advertisers, the editorial bent of the paper might be toward the top of the list of maladies. Losing the LA Times San Diego edition, a good competitor to the Union-Tribune (possibly keeping it more honest, or rather balanced), may well have contributed to what appears to be the Union-Tribune's slow, agonizing death. Without a competitor, the newspaper became drunk with abusive power and has lost so much credibility that I decided to cancel my long-term subscripition for a better option...the LA Times, which now has a better mix of Southland news and far better California, national and world coverage. There are many fine reporters still at the Union-Tribune, but the editorial culture is a cancer that has not only affected the editorial pages, but the news department, which by standards of sound journalism, should be separate. The eighth largest City in America without a major daily? I hope to never see that day. Let's hope for a strong buyer to come in and make some sweeping changes (starting with Bob Kittle) and deliver a paper worth reading again. Sign me up when that day comes!
— July 9, 2008 10:52 p.m.

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