I read Perry's op/ed today and his muse and frustration with the state of print news. You know,declinging circulation and all that entails.
He asks in the column for the public's help in reshaping the product.
Now I am not one of those who revels in the loss of papers as I do believe the institutional knowledge and ability to cover things in ways others couldn't is important.
One of my first jobs was facing declining news ratings while at Channel 7 in the early 80's. Cable TV and a frumpy, stale product were the culprits at the time. Couldn't do much about the former but the latter, that's another story. In fact the Times did a story about it back in around 1985. The faster paced, "bang bang video" format with more spot news and sizzle did increase viewership although the old days of a 90 share were gone forever.
It's even more complicated today with the Internet and changing generational attitudes.
However, print people, especially those who run it, tend to be insular. They like it when the Governor visits their E Board and kow tows and its easy to get heady over all that.
A lot of people joke about what thin gruel newspapers have become and the other day a true establishment type living on Paddock Street told me he's had it with the Times. Not just the volume of news, but the tone.
That's not being mean, it's just relaying the message.
There are things that could be done, although the unique situation in Watertown has been the presence of a motivated competitor in Newzjunky who salivates over every decline in circulation.
Perry's column chronicles the demise, and asks the public to call and make suggestions.
Most of us who are consumers of news probably won't call, but I wish them well on finding solutions.