The Globe and Mail‘s Simon Houpt on the hidden costs of shedding journalistic staff from local newsrooms.
Postmedia, in response to a desperate need to cut costs and service its debt, cut 90 staff and merged newsrooms in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Ottawa.
John Stackhouse started at the Globe and Mail newspaper in 1989, just as the really flush years of newspapers were ending. A very talented journalist, he rose through the ranks and became the logical heir-apparent when publisher Philip Crawley tired of editor-in-chief Edward Greenspon in the spring of 2009.
Monday through Friday delivery of a La Presse newspaper ends in Montreal on Jan. 1. For weekdays, if you want the news, you’ll need to get the app installed on your tablet.
From Fagstein (“No more paywall at the Journal de Montréal“): “Autre nouvelle importante”, it starts, burying the lead a bit: The Journal de Montréal announced on Wednesday that all content on its website will now be free. Ditto for the Journal de Québec. No more paywall on either site.
From CBCNews.ca (“Alibaba buys Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post“): Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group has bought Hong Kong’s most influential English-language newspaper, the South China Morning Post, and its other media assets.
The New York Daily News pulled no punches with its Dec. 3 cover the day after 14 people died in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.: Daily News editor-in-chief Jim Rich talked about the cover, and reaction to it, with the Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple (“New York Daily News editor defends provocative cover: ‘We […]
Frank magazine had a possible scoop Saturday night: Postmedia to shut down dailies in Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton. Frank Fact Postmedia, which lost $263.4-million last year, will fold the Ottawa Sun and the Ottawa Citizen into one paper in March. Likewise in Calgary and Edmonton. The Herald and the Sun will become one paper; The Journal will merge with the Edmonton Sun. Source: Reliable Postmedia’s ongoing losses and shrinking print […]
The Globe and Mail is reporting that Postmedia is dropping its plans to roll out magazine-style tablet editions at its main newspaper properties, ones designed to serve an evening audience, and substituting a cheaper, simpler product that will provide day-long updates.
Conrad Black, once Canada’s most powerful newspaper owner before his “troubles,” argued during a Postmedia conference call that the chain had to invest in quality in order to arrest its decline.