This cold, nasty week in Kansas City brought to light an unfortunate fact that spells doom for the newspaper industry.
Here are a few events that will change the face of reporting in Kansas City forever.
The blizzard delayed newspaper delivery for the first time in a long time and complaints didn’t even register a blip in other media.
KCC was the first to report that The Star fired people and cut jobs in secret.
The subscription model on the Ipad promoted by Rupert Murdoch’s "The Daily" was the only ray of hope for print media organizations who have all but abandoned hope for newsprint as a viable means of delivering news. Now let’s examine why all of these thing spell doom for newspaper organizations.
Not so long ago TV news stations once carried complaints about newspaper service and phone numbers to call in order to solve delivery problems. No more. There was a myth that once made newspaper people happy: It was that TV news fed from and got all their ideas from the papers and even read nothing but news stories aloud on broadcasts with the help of some graphics or art.
Those days are long gone and now TV news stands alone at the top of the local news gathering pyramid. This weeek TV reporter Russ Ptacek and his reporting helped overturn a ruling concerning a sick worker at The Bannister Fed Complex and earned the poor guy around 150k. Meanwhile, the KC’s biggest daily newspaper has been scooped time and again by Ptacek and on this story, and their coverage simply can’t compare to what this earnest reporter has been able to accomplish.
The secret job cuts are just a symptom of the terminal state of newsprint. Sad that newspapers betray all of their principles regarding transparency when it comes to their own financial fortunes as they are caught up in the same kind of corporate cheerleeding as the ship goes down that newspaper people used to decry from other institutions.
Finally, the light at the end of the tunnel for newspaper organizations is probably just an oncoming train.
Rupert Murdoch thinks people are going to pay for iPad content when a simple copy and past function on a mouse makes that proposition foolhardy at best. Even worse, so many Internet pyramid schemes merely represent a great deal for advertisers and forget the reader in all of their pipe dreams.
While development for tablets is just a tiny segment of the web overall, it just represents another bubble that won’t save corporate profits from the simple principal of the digital revolution. Now that information is in 1s and 0s we find ourselves in a world where EVERYTHING can be copied, edited and distributed with no generation loss and no consequences for the most part.
This new paradigm makes armies of trucks delivering two day-old headlines obsolete and is working toward ending the idea that anyone can really own an idea.