That’s where the dedicated men and women of the Kansas City Star are hard at it, fighting the good fight on behalf of the written word. A handful of years back, that might have been referred to “the printed word.” But by all account, that war has already been lost.
There’s very little pretending going on in local journalism circles that the days of print newspapers (and tabloids like The Pitch) are anything but numbered. To some extent they may always be around, but in limited numbers like vinyl records.
This past year – despite a strong uptick in the overall economy – bodies have been flying out the Star’s door at a dizzying pace.
“Advertising revenue has hit rock bottom and the numbers are grim,” said one highly placed source at the newspaper.
Let me tell you how things used to work. Continue reading