One page closes, another opens

One page closes, another opens

: At the World Newspaper Congress in Korea, NY Times President and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger had this quotable thought:

Some mention the crisis of newspapers saying young readers no longer read print newspapers in the Internet era, but it’s not that the Internet is eroding the newspaper market but that newspapers have gained a new medium to deliver information.

Amen. It’s not about attracting the young or preserving the old but about expanding into the new. [Full disclosure — which I’ll make a time or two: I now work part-time for The Times Company.]

  • Rob Skiff

    I’m glad you got the gig at the New York Times, but it does call into question your ability to give us commentary on the MSM. I for one will now question your modivation for saying positive things about the Times and other newspapers. Drop the part time job, it is going to cost you a lot of respect with other bloggers.

  • As I said when I announced this gig, I have been working for mainstream media (full-time until now) since 1973. So there’s nothing new here. You always had to take what I say with whatever grain of salt you chose and judge me accordingly. I will say what I think. You will think of that what you will. The point in this disclosure is that I am specifically work for a division of The Times Company, As I said the post linked above, when I worked for Advance, you didn’t find me dishing gossip about Vanity Fair (gee, I would have told you about Deep Throat but…) or Vogue.
    And by your logic, a blogger can’t talk about blogging anymore than a media guy can talk about media.
    Finally, easy for you to say to drop a job to blog: It’s my work. If you want to buy me a few lottery tickets, I’d be grateful but until that ship comes in….

  • I wish you well at The Times. I hope you get them to drink the kool-aid. I hope you make lots of money and throw a big block party (!)
    But I have a feeling it’ll be a long time before I go back to being a regular reader of The Times, whatever the format. Their habit of reporting opinion as fact may be very difficult to break; I hope they can, or at least let some semblance of balance appear in their pages.

  • button

    You can’t sell newspapers to a public that doesn’t speak English. Most of the other customers at my supermarket in NJ didn’t speak English.
    Isn’t it time to wake up and smell the coffee? Most of the people living in the U.S. today, don’t even speak English anymore.

  • Mike

    Why are people no longer reading newspapers? Well, specifically from the Times I can mention two words – Elizabeth Bumiller. She still has a job there.
    From the Post – Mark Felt (or alternatively, Bob Woodward). Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
    Newspapers have squandered their credibility – and as any first year J-school student knows, without credibility, a paper isn’t worth the newsprint it’s delivered on.

  • Jeff,
    You answered my question and I accept your answer. I stand corrected. Thanks for the honest answer to a concern.
    Rob Skiff