Times Dispatch Eliminates Positions


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Thanks Andy appreciate that. 705 on this Thursday as the 22 day of February 2018 you know lots of people yesterday as I was bounce and around town who all had a story about Billy Graham my name my dad even pull me asides and a milligram I was fifteen years old. I mean 75 now and it's just interesting how one person if they get in the right job that matches them in there. Out you know they've got television and radio when they travel they can really affect a lot of logs as an interest in the last 24 hours. Our let's talk about the Richmond times dispatch you know I grew up with the Richmond news leader and the times dispatch it was the times dispatch in the morning. And the news leader in the afternoon. And you couldn't wait to get to the afternoon paper to find out what happened during the day because you didn't have 24 hour news and you didn't have as much talk Ricky hopefully she did it then. And then it went just to the times dispatch and now the times dispatch announces another set of layoffs. Laying off nine people eliminating 21 positions and at the same time increasing the price for the paper. And you know if you hate fake news and just random. Ridiculous comments from your friends on FaceBook. Imagine what happens if the newspaper goes away boy that would be a disaster. Even if you think it's populated would liberal right Chris Wright Marcus messner. Is the professor of journalism and mass communications at Virginia commonwealth university in Marcus joins us now on the telephone what was your reaction. Marcus when you saw this latest. And the announcement about eliminations and and lay offs at bats send an off big players to made it. It journalism may not be dead but as the newspaper in trouble. The newspaper is definitely in trouble and then my reaction was that it's just there's another bad day I'm in the newspaper business because this is what a many round we being. Which newspaper across the nation but also with the Richmond times dispatch yet it's it's been going on for the last speculate decades pretty much ever been we had the financial crisis that America does make. Yeah I mean it's a decline of printing media I suppose he's making money. In this in this business today I mean I've always heard that the New York Times the big newspaper that everybody has to buy their news from. That feeds a lot of stuff to the Associated Press. That they weren't troubled and I saw that they had kind of started to turn their financial situation around with even die new you studied this closely. Who's making money in this business these days. Read or newspaper like the current suspect they're still making money they're making less money and that's why they're after it's got that call right so. So they have increasing premium cost that the marketplace and they had US subscribers. So they're big money makers build a print product and they're not. Offsetting the loss. Those served a lot of that they are making now at the on the print side there and the pure revenue that they have with individual side and that's the big dilemma for them. A wet now they've got to make that full transition. To a digital music company and will they be able to do that. You know his twenty years ago that we first started talking about how the Internet is so amazing. But. I recall people saying you know what it's not gonna be so amazing when you have to pay for every little bit of contents and saying that I have boom we've got to see the trend. That now more and more material original material is going behind firewalls. Do you think we wind up with just an online edition of most major newspapers and that it's no longer. Readily available other than the headline for free. Well that already the case now right field repeating you're ten not twenty articles come months that you can get a free but most newspapers today Hugo that you used infrequently. You won't be good to reap much throughout the month because our you were hit that they walk and that's greeted at historic mistake that the news business detonate. And in the 1990 to make their content. They're available for free on the Internet because they thought it was just another publication channel and now it's really hard to turn that back. You know it just think about them you know it's very younger generation especially appropriates the music. So you're gonna make them pay for new plan that that's a really tough capable and could make. You were talking a Marcus messner professor of journalism DCU. Reaction to our cutbacks and layoffs at the Richmond times dispatch what do you what impact do you think all of this cutting back. Is having on for real journalism and I don't mean just random folks who post saying is online our or have a belong and they. Right there opinion and kind of feed in a few facts to back up their opinion but. Independent trade trained journalists. Who go out and cover a beat for a number of years and and build up a certain amount of expertise and institutional memory. You are hard is that going away. And well it's it's getting tougher write them I was looking years ago on this program with your predecessor talking about how. And that kind dispatch immediate general closing bureaus like the lights go to Washington bureau Udoka pure. What are even talking about that and know which are talking about the court being newsroom at this point. And that it's unfortunate you know I love speaking the truth but it got fortunate for them to this day. And what we're making cutbacks to increase quality well that's not the case back to get fewer reporters. They have to do more. And it's our could see how they're gonna do more in depth reporting so fewer and fewer I think actually gonna get covered and that's. They're just not vote pro democracy and public discourse on important topic. They don't build the same expertise and they are not sticking around building. This quite frankly their own. Paycheck and an institutional memory you know like summit like Peter Harden who was at the times dispatch and covered. My work with senator Allen when I was up at the capitol and he'd been covering up for twenty years and he knew the back story so you couldn't pull anything over on him. And you know he's not doing anymore that's that's some real loss I wanna tell you Marcus I make a point on this show and it be if you listen to it not been that think you're. Listen to us at least once a morning. I always try to give credit when I reference one of these stories from the times dispatched to the local reporter. So that everybody knows we're getting a lot of information from the times dispatch and we give credit. To the reporter who's working very hard all day don't. Tried. Get solid correct information on the air want them to them. I know that we're not stealing from the man that we're giving credit to the so hopefully double encourage some of your students to still go into what can be a very noble business. I met and they are out and got really motivated they're looking for cancer could break into the business and their different type of job looked like thought they know how to work. The social media is based in auto worker camera the video journalist a print provider. Though. Bad get a very general education to be able to maneuver and do you know challenging you can buy. And rapidly changing Marcus messner press professor of journalism the BCU thanks so much for joining us here on Richmond's morning news. Thank wherever it.