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Well, I’d thought the Chicago Sun-Times was a newspaper, if not a very good one at that. Now they are not, as they have fired their entire 20-person photography department saying they need to produce more video! (see story link below)

I love journalism, and was trained as a journalist, and have even taught it at the college le level. I also love the internet, and use it to stay in touch. While I can’t get direct delivery of a newspaper, I subscribe to the Chicago Tribune digitally, and see it in its print form on the screen, and can dive in and blow up stories and photos easily. Same with the New Yorker and the Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

The Sun-Times? Trash, even digitally.

Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff
The Chicago Sun-Times has laid off its entire photography staff, and plans to use freelance photographers going forward, the newspaper said.

Yes, it is amazing news in these times, but some newspapers are actually increasing their circulation. More incredible to me is that the Chicago Sun-Times (of Roger Ebert fame) is leading the list.

Here’s the link to the story:

Dennis West, publisher of the Beacon, our local paper, not only ran the pic of me reading his rag on the Great Wall, but he ran in the very same issue, on the opposite page, another not so hot shot of me reading it in our suite overlooking Pudong, Shanghai’s financial district. A “twofer,” indeed. Befitting the relationship between any good PR person and the media, I bought him lunch at a nearby Asian restaurant, as thanks.

Yesterday morning, I took the train into Chicago to help oversee some plumbing at our apartment, so my wife could go to her office. With time to kill, I picked up the week’s worth of Chicago Tribune’s from the kitchen table, and soon had a revelation. I was enjoying scanning the full range of news and opinion, as I once had done every day, until I retired and began spending most of my time at our place in the woods in Wisconsin, where the nearest store with newspapers is 2 miles down the road.

So I’d open my laptop every am and real Google News or go to various websites and blogs where I knew I’d find things that interest me. But I was missing the full gamut of the news and opinion– what you find in a good-to-great daily newspaper. Lesson learned! From now on, whenever I get to the grocery or gas station, I’ll pick up a major market newspaper to scan, broaden my perspective, and enjoy doing it. Newspapers are back in my life!

P.S. And magazines, too. Save Newsweek — it’s better quality content than ever. And I still subscribe to Fortune, the Economist, The New Yorker and Popular Science. My wife likes Mother Jones, too, and I think she’s got a point. As for news on the web — of course!

January 2023

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