Friday, 29 May 2009

Sounding The Last Post

So it's farewell to the Evening Post.

I'm not sure I agree with the editor's impassioned plea during Local Newspaper Week that local papers have an important role holding people to account. There is far too much of a symbiotic relationship between local papers and the people they are keeping tabs on for that to be true and in many cases a willingness to accept the official explanation as an end to a story has been evident.

Add to that the small matter of being systematically starved by their proprietors of the resources to do proper investigative journalism. It's therefore no surprise that we get a local press eager to not rock the boat because, quite frankly, their advertising revenues depend on it.

I'm not singling either of our local papers out for criticism, simply recognising it as that's the way it is.

1 comment:

Oranjepan said...

Don't forget to mention the stranglehold they held over the market for local news - a question of competition.

It's no surprise that their decline has coincided with the opportunities for alternative sources provided by technology.

They'll adapt and survive in some form or another, but their relative success will be a reflection upon their strategic decision-making abilities.