If anyone still wonders why the daily newspaper industry is in its death throes, the first section of today's (Sunday) edition of our local daily is a good example.
Except for a story about a new gas turbine at Barnstable High, the only local news in the front section was a stem cell story which Paul Gauvin had reported a month ago in the weekly Barnstable Patriot:
Barnstable boy, family head for China stem cell treatment
Click here to see Paul's February 24 story. It is ironic that while most if not all Sunday editions of America's daily newspapers have the least local news content, that edition is the most profitable by a huge margin due to all the inserts and wired and canned boilerplate used to surround the advertising rather than locally written stories. The goose has killed the golden egg.
The missing local news is the result of margin bottom-lining and NOT the idea of the local editors. Ottaway has always been one of Dow Jones' most profitable properties, the Cape edition especially, but the greed of the media moguls who rule has no limit.
If further evidence is required, check these previous items: