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Lower 9th Ward: March 2006

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    These are stills captured from video shot March 2006 in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

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    These are photos and stills captured from video taken August 2006 of the Lower 9th Ward specifically the area between N. Claiborne, Florida Ave, Tupelo and Tennessee.

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so they're cutting pages, but judging writers on how much they produce?

that type of dilbertism is kind of awe-inspiring.

I worked for a company that was bought & the HQ moved to another state. As people left - voluntarily or otherwise - we would say they'd been "synergized". Doesn't that sound even better?

Because the newspapers aren't delivering the kind of results that the corporations expected the corporations response is to cut MORE.
Don't like product? We'll give you less of it!

This from a focus group survey I took yesterday

What would you do if the San Francisco Chronicle stopped publishing papers on Monday and Tuesday?
I would likely continue my subscription
I would likely switch to a different San Francisco Chronicle subscription package
I would likely switch to another paper
I would likely stop receiving home delivery of a newspaper entirely

My newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, is touting their upcoming "right sizing" - smaller pages, and who knows what other cuts. Obviously when you are losing subscribers it has to be because the paper is just too darn big, too wordy, too much content. So, the best course of action is to make it smaller, more compact, brief and quick to read. Then, that improved paper will, of course, require an increase in subscription costs to cover the improvements.

MBA's in action!!

As a non-reporter (also non-related to the newspaper business), I am dismayed by how news has been replaced by inane articles.

Admittedly, I love the comics first. But then I want a newspaper that educates me. Not one that I'm sitting there identifying holes in the reporter's logic, or the reporter just simply repeating what they're told. I want a solid report and an accompanying solid analysis.

This Tribune Co. schmuck is obviously an idiot. Hey, moron, you know you can save the company a TON of money by firing er "rightsizing" ALL the reporters and just printing wire service stories! Who needs editors with nothing to edit, you can rightsize them too! Editorial pages can be filled by syndicated columnists! Just turn the Trib papers into USA Today, and watch the dough roll in with so much less overhead!

And you have the temerity to be surprised when they treat you like a guy who goes around taking shits in baby strollers?

Sometimes I just plain love your word choices. So many people see it a abrasive, but those people are mostly afraid of their shadows, and the stroller-shitters count on it. Rock On.

I think one of Zell's papers, Newsday, is down to one editor (copying and pasting wire service stories; matching them to pix from the morgue). They have kept all of the comics (so far) but I think there was a 150-word review of "Hancock" the other day that barely listed who was in it and how long it ran. And the food issue is now Thursdays? Maybe because of the holiday? I dunno. I did read that the Tribune's ad pages were down 15% in the latest quarter. We're watching this happen in real time. I love(d) reading the newspaper...

Nice and richly-deserved skewering. I couldn't help reading that article without thinking directly about the last season of The Wire.

Hard to imagine that The Sun, my local paper, could get any worse. It now takes me about 10 minutes to read everything I want out of it because there is almost nothing there. How in the world do they think that will help them maintain, not to mention grow, their subcriber base?

Tribune websites are almost completely unusable, so whatever light information they have is ridiculously hard to find. No doubt these same MBA geniuses think that's a plus, that it will drive people to the paper.

They really ought to go for the maximum savings and shutter their operations.

Your link to the trib story is broken. Try this instead. I'm not sure how long a wire story stays up. You may want to include the title and author...

http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.aspx?feed=AP&date=20080605&id=8740120

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