Newspapers: A Question of Survival (1/6/09)
I work in television, but our parent company also owns two of America's major newspapers. I'm also a regular newspaper reader.
So I care about the survival of daily newspapers.
That's why I found Monday's announcement of further cutbacks in the Courier Journal's content distressing. Not because we can't do without the classifieds for a couple days, but because the newspaper business is in real trouble.
I may disagree with them from time to time on their liberal editorial views, and I may wonder why they would devote precious front page space to a trivial story about people who happen to share the same name, as they did last Thursday. They may do things that make us proud one day and confound us the next, but I don't think for a minute we'd be better off without the Courier.
Like every city of any size, Louisville needs a strong local newspaper. And we need to read it. We need to nourish our brains with more things of substance and less about whether Jennifer and Angelina are still upset with each other.
The Courier is one of our competitors. But for the sake of our community, I certainly hope they stay healthy and survive. These challenging times may require them to do less, but frankly, we need to read them more than ever. Or we're going to wake up one day soon and there will be no C-J to read at all. And we will all be poorer if that happens.
What do you think? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.