No news is bad news
posted at 10/6/2012 7:38 AM EDT
The Globe continues to discourge interest in news pages with hopelessly myopic focus. Anything west of the Berkshires is treated as though it were in Outer Space. It's turned from a news medium into a news cartoon. One day recently, National page stories ran: Romney, Obama, Romney, Obama, Romney, Romney, Romney, Romney, Romney, New Hampshire, Connecticut. That's all, folks!
For some 15 years running, it's been: Lose readers and ads. Cut staff and content. Lose more readers and ads. Cut more staff and content. Repeat. Maybe the ailing Globe can't afford any talent at all now to paste up pages. It would do better to throw automated random darts at news feeds.
For us, it's an easy one. The Globe is two or three minute stroll and maybe five clicks, and we spend time with the Guardian, WTOP, Yahoo News, the NY Times and other sites. A review last fall, when it started, showed the Globe's paid site might be a fair value at $20 a year--about a tenth of the NY Times, since it has no more than a tenth as much original news as the Times, most from inside the City of Boston only.
As predicted a month ago, news forums whose recent posting headlines no longer appear on news pages have gone into sharp decline, particularly Health and World. Out of well over a hundred forums, there are just a chattering dozen that survive in the Cold Underground.