And before I am off...

Here is another whiny headline about how GateHouse is consolidating 50 local Massachusetts newspapers into 18.

This would be sad and scary if local papers didn’t write soft news dreck about their local businesses and governments. They puke about children’s piano recitals and advertorials, but hard news they are not. No one has been minding the store — and that’s why so many corrupt people get away with shocking things.

Local papers never exposed bosses sexually terrorizing female employees. They never exposed priests who molested children. They never exposed corrupt officials or let you know who was bribing them.

It was always about cultivating an image of a nation that did not actually exist.

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So this turn isn’t what it appears to be. What is more disturbing is that local media once had a chance to be invaluable to the communities they served — but never had the courage to do so because a few old biddies complained…

Now, even media executives can't squeeze assets from journalism products.

GateHouse Media can’t give millions of dollars to the CEO. Shareholders looked at the bottom line and said, forget it.

Any delusional tool still left should not celebrate at this turn — it means a slaughter is in the cards. If the top can’t squeeze more, the desirability of it goes to nil.

The endless denials are prolonging this stupid game. I have been advocating an alternative for a very long time — but when you have hubris as your guiding force, you will reject the lifeline as you sink to the bottom…and you will have no one else to blame but yourself…

GateHouse Media acquires New Jersey Herald...

We are seeing the kind of media concentration in the US that Canada has pretty much always had.

While Gannett and Digital First are duking it out, neither are heroes in this narrative. People still don’t realize that in having no true independent media, we have no real information, meaning bad things are getting more corrupt and emboldened.

I have a lot more to say about those consequences, and will sometime today…

Here we go again...

More job losses in journalism courtesy of GateHouse Media, but you have to love this fantasy-spin:

Local newspaper giant GateHouse Media has quietly been laying off reporters and photographers across its publications, according to reports, journalists' testimony online, and sources close to the layoffs.

Quietly? All you ever do is scream and announce every job loss you have. There is no “quietly.” It is as if democracy has imploded every time a journalist loses a job in a dead profession.

GateHouse doesn’t need to put a press release out and have touching tributes as they are handing out redundancy papers. You aren’t all that. You can write a thousand articles about this and it will not change reality.

Deal with it…

Starting over in a Post-Journalism World, Part Six.

Self-entitled paranoia. That's the mindset that destroyed journalism, and the signs of the collective mental meltdown are everywhere.

It is no wonder. Postmedia is threatening a lock-out of at its papers because brass want to cut benefits of the skeletal staff that remain at their papers.

But GateHouse is shutting down more papers because there simply is no audience who wants their product.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation, the side gig for broke journalists, are spewing paranoid propaganda talks because they are too dense to get it.

How hopelessly stupid is the CJF? Just read the description for the babble-fest:

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Journalism matters.

Journalists and media organizations around the world are under siege from misinformation fed by social media and an antagonistic U.S. president. How should journalism and democracy respond to this dual challenge? How can journalists ensure truth overrides false information? How should they respond to public attacks and historic levels of mistrust? At the same time, many media are seeking sustainable business models and some are asking: can blockchain technology provide security for the future of journalism?

Under siege. Misinformation. The president is against them! How should they respond to "public attacks" against them?

What is the future of the dead profession of journalism?

The narrative is loaded and rig to protect their fragile egos.

If people are tuning out and calling you out for your garbage, then it is time you actually stop pretending you are without fault, and start looking why you alienated your audience base.

It is not them.

It is you.

They remind me of an abusive spouse who thrashes the other, and then becomes enraged the their mate flees, and then tells the court about the beatings, the terror, and the insults, but the abuser then claims innocence, playing the wronged victim who is being smeared -- and if the other person just came back, gave up their free will, and just took their licks, the world would be great once more.

It is a true sickness to the point of being psychopathic.

And it is time for that sickness to end.

This isn't an actual profession, it is a cult of the dead.

And the world is about life, about the births of new life and ideas.

It is also about rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation.

It is not about paranoid control freaks upset that the world wised up and dumped them.

But the world still needs to be informed with truth, honesty, humility, bravery, love, and kindness.

Not this garbage. The world deserves better than another pathetic and propagandistic j-talk...

What happened to newspapers? It became as dead as the trees it was printed one...but are still good for some players' books.

I covered the Canadian newspaper industry for Presstime magazine, and saw the mess the business was in way back in the late 1990s and early aughts. It wasn't funny back then, either, with Conrad and David Radler serving jail time for their business practices. You would think those days would have rubbed off on the profession, but no dice. They are still in perpetual shock that outfits such as GateHouse Media own 10% of all US newspapers, or that Alden Global Capital sucks the dregs out of newspaper assets dry.

These games are nothing new. I saw them happen twenty years ago, and they are still happening today: the difference it is a less profitable game than it was before.

It is an unteachable profession that keeps ignoring the same dangers, but then expects people to find them credible when they go after dangers they deem worthy of their attention...

Austin American-Statesman sold to GateHouse Media; ownership shrinks as prices drop.

The Austin American-Statesman was a Cox property and now has been sold to GateHouse for $47.5 million US. statesman-logo

When I was covering the newspaper landscape in the late 1990s, early 2000s. this price would have been considered a pittance. This wasn't a minor newspaper, but now we are seeing companies buy up properties to squeeze out the remaining assets.

There is no stability in print anymore. There wasn't any real stability twenty years ago, either, just fewer owners paying less for properties, and many of those properties don't last long, despite being in publication for over a century -- and surviving the Great Depression.

What sales often mean is people are let go, and operations are centralized, meaning media properties all walk lockstep to a single ideology. Despite the glowing press release, this is a painful era for the once noble -- and power profession.

The Big Boo Hoo: Why journalism's self-reflection never looks at its own core.

The Gateway Journalism Review has an interesting article on the plummeting fortunes of the Columbia Daily Tribune once GateHouse Media bought it and squeezed its assets, calling it "Tibune's 'Tragedy'". columbiatribune-53_280

It is not just Tribune's tragedy: it is journalism's tragedy.

The entire industry fell apart, and yet we still have people in that dead profession who don't see the big picture. The scene Columbia, Mo. is not different than in Los Angeles or Chicago. Newspapers fell the hardest, but they are crumbling globally.

So to point the finger at the new buyers misses the point: that newspaper would not have been sold had it been profitable.

Many newspaper companies have, for years, bought properties, squeezed out the assets, and then sold those papers. It was an over-heated market in the late 1990s and early 2000s, even though circulation was actively eroding.

The bottom line has been shrinking. People stopped feeling connected to their local media outlets and then the apathy hit that bottom line.

But it all stems from the actual product: the news story. That was always the draw: the actual news.

Journalism never kept up with the times, and now they are paying the price.

You have scavenger companies now, trying to suck out the last of the grains, but they don't show up on the scene until it is too late.

Journalists never saw it coming. They always saw the next owner as the knight in shining armour -- and they still do.

The article provides no insights into the real problems, and it's the reason they cannot expect a turnaround: they can't alter their thinking, and so, the toxic habits are still shackling them on the ship to oblivion.