Our news just got smaller

Madison and Milwaukee newspapers dim
Will they go dark?

Blaska is an old ink-stained wretch who believes, against some evidence, that a multitude of voices sustains our democracy and the economic ascendance of a free-market system. But this novel coronavirus may be accelerating the demise of our news-gathering organizations.

Big layoffs, furloughs, and wage reductions at Wisconsin’s two largest news outlets. How many more will follow? Including radio and television?

WI State Journa.

In Madison WI

Lee Enterprises owns the WI State Journal. Owner Lee Enterprises CEO Kevin Mowbray said this morning 03-31-2020:

Unfortunately, even our best efforts cannot overshadow the fact that our advertising revenue has been dramatically impacted now and for the near future. To ensure our own sustainability, it’s important that we manage the economic impact to our company. The sacrifices we make now will minimize the long-term damage the pandemic could have on our business

Consequently,we are implementing a combination of pay reductions and furloughs. In the third quarter, the executive team will be taking a 20% reduction in pay on top of a pay reduction implemented in Q1. All other employees will be subject to either a pay reduction or furlough equivalent to two weeks of salary also in the third quarter.

This comes on top of Madison’s Isthmus newspaper ceasing weekly publication.

In Milwaukee:

Gannett will furlough hundreds of newspaper employees across the nation including, according to Dan Bice, “every Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter whose work you read regularly, including all members of the political team — Bill Glauber, Molly Beck, Patrick Marley, Mary Spicuzza, Craig Gilbert, and me.”

Blaska’s Bottom LineWe got two elections coming up? What gives?

How will you get YOUR news?

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5 Responses to Our news just got smaller

  1. Paul Lawrence says:

    This is bad, bad. You and I share similar backgrounds, Dave. Ex-newspaper guy, ex-politico (next stop: Law school!), so we know how those who throw the levers can go amok if no one is watching. I’ll pay extra . . .

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  2. Tom Paine says:

    Press was always a joke anyway. Big loss? I don’t think so…..local staff never distinguished themselves for honest, curiosity, or cortical thinking. Rickert, perhaps, the only exception. I mean, where were deez folks about the John Doe fascist actions of the Mil. DA?
    Like Madcow, they all sang the Russia, Russia party line. Nothing about Wascism of separate segregated policies toward tribes (aka – “but this bias has good intentions”)
    Even Drudge is becoming sensationalist.

    Only Breitbart, the Dailywire, Dailycaller, Zerohedge, Frontpagemag.com and Financial Post of Canada have value.

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    • Tom Paine says:

      Sorry, I apologize — dropped my phone on the keyboard as I was proofing and the errors were posted. Could not unwind the error.

      Press was always a joke anyway. Big loss? I don’t think so…..local staff never distinguished themselves for honesty, curiosity, or critical thinking. Rickert, perhaps, the only exception. I mean, where were deez folks about the John Doe fascist actions of the Milwaukee DA’s posse?
      Like Madcow, they all sang the Russia, Russia party line. Nothing about Wascism of separate segregated policies toward tribes (aka – “but this bias has good intentions”)
      Even Drudge is becoming sensationalist.

      Only Breitbart, the Dailywire, Dailycaller, Zerohedge, Frontpagemag.com and Financial Post of Canada have value.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      “Rickert, perhaps, the only exception.”

      Agreed; Rickert’s a career Lefty, but unafraid to REPORT as opposed to regurgitate-n-spin.

      The Isthmus’ Dylan Brogan gets a H/T as well.

      The Gotch

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  3. Good Dog,Happy Man says:

    Crimea River, Ms. Media. It’s instant karma for these Democrats with bylines. It’s not just the dead-tree print media, either, proglibocratic media bias pervades most sources of the press.
    But perhaps that’s too broad a statement, it’s only 98.7% of them that give the rest a bad name.

    For once the hive-minded, hubristic, hyper-partisan hypocrites infesting newsrooms across America are correct, … it IS Trump’s fault, (and/or credit). He’s exposed the #FakeNews for what they really are; end-stage TDSers, #HateAmericaFirsters and Angry Blue-Fisters.

    Back in the day, you never heard the collective free press fret about fairness and ask FDR,
    “Why do say it was the “Japanese” invasion of Pearl Harbor? Isn’t that racist and xenophobic?”

    Get thee behind me, low-flow, lockstep, lickspittle, looney-toon Leftist press.
    I’m only after the Truth.
    Pravda, comrades.

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