Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Oh no, not newspapers again!

Yes, campers, I'm afraid I'm still on the newspaper kick.

No, I'm not a journalist, though I did write for my college newspaper (The Tower, features, general news; apropos of nothing, one of my fellow staffers was none other than Ed Gilespie, now uber-Republican geek) and read All The President's Men ... no, perhaps I'm focused on newspapers as, a co-worker put it, they're the canary in the coal mine of my own profession, librarianship.

So, the latest volley in the "doom and gloom media biz" comes from right here in Washington:

U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers

By Thomas Ferraro
Tuesday, March 24, 2009; 3:05 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

"This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat," said Senator Benjamin Cardin.
I'm a firm and big believer in non and not-for-profits, but somethings just strike me as having to live on their own. What if all your radio news came from NPR (whoops, wait, we're almost there) or your local bookstore when 501(3)c (whoops, mine did that a little while, Chapters, trying to stave off demise, they formed a non-profit to regroup and try and find a new physical space).

Well, whatever.

1 comment:

ep said...

My dad was a political reporter for the Newark Daily News and later had his own local paper. I'm not sure whether he would be sad about this or already pushed to have it exclusively online a few years back (he loved computers, too.) I do know that newspapers and reporting used to have a PERSPECTIVE, often political, and having non-profit status would compromise that. Wonder how all the Rupert Murdoch-owned British rags are faring? I haven't heard anything about those...