In a recent OP/ED Times readers were asked to suggest why circulation is dropping and newspapers are struggling.
Broad topic but I submit as evidence today's front page.
An enormous above the fold photo of a building under construction with the curious headline "Ungraceful aging." Read on? guess you have to as the photo and headline tell you nothing.
Turns out the story is about aging stocks of public housing and the challenge of maintaining them.
Perfectly worthwhile story, the kind of lengthy piece only papers can provide. What I didn't see was anything about Watertown's 50+ year old high rises.
These kind of set-piece fillers often occupy large expanses of the front page and among the handful of customers who peruse the paper I leave on the bar every day is the age old question, "where's the news."
In the past , I always thought reader's panels more closely resembled 'amen corners'. So, If Perry is sincerely interested in input, it would be more spot news...more sizzle...less canned fillers and fewer editorials that state the obvious.
On the positive side, there are good photos, box scores, and the food critic.
Watertown Daily Times | Housing agencies stretch dollars to maintain low-income housing complexes