On the other hand, the BJ outshone the Plain Dealer by a mile in its coverage of the Biden events hereabouts. The PD, not long ago the paper of record in Northern Ohio, settled for a short story on the back page of the first section with a Youngstown dateline. The story reduced Akron to two paragraphs. This is worth mentioning only because it is simply one more bit of evidence of the decline and fall of the print media.
More evidence? Five reporters at the BJ have been given layoff notices and must decide by Nov. 14 whether they will accept buyouts. In addition, the hit list includes three copy editors, one artist, one clerk and one photographer. The word from the front is not pretty and the battleground will soon be strewn with more victims. Sadly, the print industry is in panicky retreat and is doubtless past the point of no return. Drastic reductions in staff, other cost-savers and price increases will only delay the inevitable. Among the latest "innovations" is the sharing of stories by several papers. It is not unusual nowadays for the Plain Dealer, Beacon Journal, Columbus Dispatch to carry articles with bylines from the other papers. It's a takeoff on the retailing practice of reporting one story, get one free. Get used to it.