Monday, July 24, 2006

Another Reason to Hate Newspapers

I e-mailed a sports editor (who will remain anonymous because he was very understanding in response to a very critical e-mail) regarding a story printed in his section today. I wondered aloud if the sensational fodder would hurt readership in the long run. The quick answer:

We sell 8.5 out of 10 papers by subscription, so we sell the same number of papers daily no matter what we put in the paper, for better or worse.

For context's sake, he was comparing this experience as a sports editor to his previous job, where the bulk of the sales came off the street. But that statement, I think, illustrates exactly what's gone awry with mainstream reporting, and that extends far beyond sports as well.