Newspaper puts its money where Kathy Schatzberg's mouth is [Blogfather]

Cape Cod Times cover photo of CCCC President marred by Mammon

Front page "stick-on" ads are what passes for local news some days

By Walter Brooks

Today's editions of the Cape Cod Times came with a Melody Tent sticker covering Dr. Shatzberg's face.
If the Times' owner Rupert Murdock were Indian instead of Australian, worshiping Lakshmi would be kewl.
If, as G. K. Chesterton said, "Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another," a great soul named Kathy Schatzberg passed through Cape Cod education since 1998.  For a decade and a half our community has had the world-class leadership of this wonderful, redoubtable educator.

So it was with sorrow I caught a look at today's Cape Cod Times front page where Rupert Murdoch's newspaper is apparently so desperate for dollars as his industry collapses that his publications must sacrifice their front page to bring in a few extra bucks.

In what may be Dr. Schatzberg's last photo on the cover as she retires in a month, it would have be nice to see her rather than a Melody Tent "stick-on" ad.

She really should have been spared this indignity which one hopes the newspaper will amend soon.

Suck a buck a day away

The local daily is rather expensive, now charging $1.00 for a newsstand copy for a newspaper which has half the local reporters it had a decade ago, and one which increasingly replaces local coverage with less costly (to the owners) wire service material which readers already knew about from television or online a day ago.

Mammon no - Lakshmi yes

Christianity has a record of decrying Mammon.  Jesus condemns it in his Sermon on the Mount and elsewhere in the Bible.

Now if that old Aussie goat Rupert were Indian worshiping Lakshmi as the Hindu Goddess of money would be fine.

The death of another great daily newspaper

New Orleans Times-Picayune no longer a daily as the industry decomposes

This great 175-year-old newspaper which survived Katrina announced it is laying off a third of its reporters and staff and will cease to be a daily newspaper.

The Times-Picayune in the fall will begin printing only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, the frequency which will also be adopted by three other dailies in Alabama; the Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times and the Mobile Press-Register.

In an article posted on its website, Nola.com, Thursday morning, the paper reported that a new company would be formed called the NOLA Media Group, which would include the paper and the website.

The plans, reported last night by the New York Times, have been kept under wraps until today. The Times-Picayune, which has published since 1837, was bought by the Newhouse family in 1962 and later merged with the afternoon daily. Up to now, the paper has avoided some of the deeper cuts in the industry, in part because the newspaper played such a critical role in the coverage of Katrina. Below is what the newspaper trend looks like.

CapeCodToday.com welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on CapeCodToday.com.