BailOutBelo.com? I got dibs.
Things are grim for publishers these days. Newspapers aren’t doing so well these days. Reporters are getting buyouts. Journalists are looking elsewhere for jobs. And subscriptions and advertisements blow. Bad.
It’s sad because some of those reporters “considering” career changes aren’t just colleagues, they are friends. Many of them leave without a fight because there is no one in the ring… except now, thanks to this story from PR Week.
In Minneapolis, spurned employees from the regaled Star Tribune are speaking out with the development of SaveTheStrib.com.
The paper recently filed Chapter 11, won’t make a dime this year and its circulation of 300,000 is probably bloated beyond I-just-ate-all-the-Thanksgiving-leftovers status.
As noted from the Web-based platform, “Help us build a compelling case for potential new ownership that Minnesotans believe, as we do, the Star Tribune is a vital part of our civic life.”
I applaud this effort and hope the Morning Newsers can do something similar, but one problem: There hasn’t been a viable post on the “Strib” in more than a week as of this post.
Kinda’ hard to be compelling when your writers aren’t compelled enough to roll over and turn on a laptop from bed on a daily basis. I’m just saying.