July 23, 2004

More on Local Media Monopolies - from South Dakota

Jon Lauck summarizes a number of recent posts on the implications of local media monopolies, particularily on our democracy.

Corporate earnings pressure is certainly one thing, but I believe there are other factors at play such as:

  • Insulated environment: The Newspaper Preservation Act of 1970 sanctioned newspaper monopolies. Competition is a good thing, however in this case, the Act has simply created a general malaise.
  • Lowered expectations: Rather than informing readers with depth, many newspaper's have adopted the USA Today "McPaper" approach. This flies against internet users demands: lots of information quickly and deep information (google and others) when I want it.
  • Hiring: The sports page often has more depth than others.
  • Failure to take advantage of new tools & media.
Money is not the only issue, in fact, I don't believe it's the issue. Leadership is.

Posted by James Zellmer at July 23, 2004 3:06 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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