One-man bands

Roy Greenslade writes about a newspaper put out by one journalist. I’d say that’s nothing new. In my first job in the business back in 1972 (I was a mere nipper, in diapers understand), I was the only guy behind the Addison Herald-Register. Now it’s a bit different because there was some content shared with the other local papers and, of course, I couldn’t produce the thing myself; there were no computers (gawd, I feel old). But still, community weeklies have long been put out on the barest of staff. That is why they depended on citizen content of a sort: they retyped a bunch of press releases and ran really long letters.

Today, if they’d take advantage of the public’s ability to publish and eagerness to share a la Bakersfield’s Northwest Voice, they’d have more and better and more local content for less effort.

  • This return of the one-journalist newspaper via online somehow seems inevitable to me. At least “on paper,” people ought to be most interested in what’s happening in their own communities, and how many people does it really take to cover that? I have this recurring thought that someday retirees will decide this is a good way to spend their golden years and our news will be reported, not by Instapundit Glenn Reynold’s “Army of Davids”, but by an “Army of Geezers.” No offense intended per your reference to your pre-computer days :) (Steve Boriss, The Future of News)

  • Mark Rutledge

    …”someday retirees will decide this is a good way to spend their golden years…”
    Yes, but it won’t be so much a decision as it will be those of us now in the business, who won’t be able to afford a retirement.