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Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

The problem with journalism in the United States is Gannett, specifically the corporate culture within its upper management.

From the 80's through 90's positions in newsrooms of Gannett newspapers were coveted; morale was high, and employees felt as though they were making a difference in the communities where they worked.

During the times of "Milk and Honey" at Gannett many of their publications were hitting 25-35 percent profit margins. Profit margins that were well above the historic levels of most newspapers in this country, and completely unsustainable.

Early in the 2000's things changed, profit margins started a dramatically decline. Within the company there was a perceived need for news gathering operations to update from being predominately print oriented to becoming what was hoped would be 24/7 multimedia operations.

No thought was given to the problem of monetizing such an esoteric, and at the time undefined medium as was the internet of just a decade ago.

Gannett's initial foray into the "newsroom of the future" was to remove the newsroom all together from the newspaper in what was to become the "Information Center." The information center came along at the time of the first round of lay-offs which decimated many papers of their senior reporters, section editors and copy editors, replacing those positions with "content producers" willing to work long hours at low wages with little coaching and editing from the more experienced staffers that were earlier released from their positions.

News gathering and editing resources were being grossly realigned and misused affecting the quality of the finished product.

Readers and advertisers see the changes, and they don't like what they see: fewer pages, strangely written news stories, poor copy editing, crappy coverage of local events, bias outside the opinion page, cookie cutter design, meaningless photographs and what's with stuffing USA Today into my local newspaper..Really..has the staff been decimated to such point where we can't have local content where local content belongs... Give me a ****ing break.

News has value, journalists should be valued.

Gannett has taken a newspaper that was once respected in its community and turned it into nothing more than mediocre rag, and they've done it at every publication in their portfolio.

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Posted by Canyon789 on 08/18/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

And, I guess I wonder what the author means by "Ferguson Happen(ing) Here."

Definitely, (1) - the shooting of a Mike Brown could happen here. There's no accounting for individual actors, be they police or those the police confront.

The looting - I'd like to think it wouldn't happen here, but I'll say never-say-never. In any case, Ferguson should be a wakeup call for those in law enforcement charged with maintaining contact and trust with various constituencies around town.

The militarized police response - I have no insight into the inner-workings of MNPD. But, if riot police and MRAPs were deployed (when there was no riot), I think there'd be universal outrage among Nashvillians of all classes and colors.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 08/18/2014 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

I miss the connection between Feguson's "all-white power structure" (which is what the linked article is about) and Ferguson "happening."

I think it is a leap of logic that assumes (1) the shooting of Mike Brown, (2) the resulting looting, and (3) the over-the-top police response are mainly results of the makeup of the power structure in Ferguson.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 08/18/2014 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

I was using it as an example from the past. The Metro Charter does not prevent bad governance.

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Posted by Moost on 08/18/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

In Fairness, Lakewood has been dissolved for two years.

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Posted by scavendish on 08/18/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

The rot of the urban cores along the Mississippi River core takes a back seat of the decay of the cities in the "Rust Belt" and Northeastern states so it gets forgotten until things like this. When it gets bad enough it eventually eats at the inner ring inside the same county with the big brother city people escaped to begin with. Rather than fix the problems which cause people to flee with their families city leaders instead get in pissing contests with other cities over stupid things like tourism and sports facilities.

Nashville is not immune to what is happening to the North and West, we are just not as far along the time line. The overused "World Class City" label is too often used to compete with cities making the same stupid mistakes. A world class city actually gets that way by serving residents and giving them reasons to stay. Instead, we have projects to pull in tourists. Our poor decisions will eventually reach all the way out to the Davidson County line.

Gee, I am sure glad we do not have any ring communities with histories of overactive police departments or administrations (ahem Lakewood and Belle Meade I am looking at you).

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Posted by Moost on 08/18/2014 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Historic Sylvan Park Sues Planning Commission Over Overlay Disapproval

These historic people need to be relegated to the dustbins of history. Stop yer whining!

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Posted by sylvanparkoverlord on 08/18/2014 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

Why dies any police department need a mine-resistant vehicle?

Not to mention assault rifles.

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Posted by bored regent on 08/18/2014 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Can Ferguson Happen Here?

While the parallels between St Louis & Nashville with respect to sub/urban development are no doubt interesting, I find the conclusion you're hinting at (that it's less likely to happen here because of consolidation, forgive me if i'm wrong) to be a bit hard to swallow. Local police forces have been militarized via the direct injection of subsidy and surplus from the federal government in pursuit of its various wars on victimless crimes. Consolidation makes this worse, not better.

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Posted by Chris Wage on 08/18/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

I'll say again, the governor of MO says it appears violence now is coordinated.

Of course we lump people together. What's happening in St Louis is a balck thing.

Think, if possible, in other situations. TheGermans voted, lawfully, to make Hitler their leader.
How's that for lumping. So, can I say Germans are to blame for millions of deaths or, well, you must not blame all Germans? The "Good German." JC, blacks are a group, like it or not. Your assumptions about me are at best unfair.

It is estimated 300 mil Muslims are extremists/radical. A group of Muslims whose beliefs are simply unacceptable.

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Posted by john on 08/18/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL


"IF he was shot in the car in the top of the head, he would have died immediately"

That's not necessarily true. It's the way to bet, but still an assumption not yet proven by the autopsy results.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/18/2014 at 10:46 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL


"Blacks as a group"....."Those are my feelings, hardly racist"

Uh, yeah.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/18/2014 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Cooper: 'Excessive Force Has No Place in America'

Prag and JC, I see reports now from MO gov'r....violence may be coordinated.

It will be interesting to see JC squirm if people are killed because of the lack of firm quick action to stop criminal behavior by the mob. It apears the original protesters were peaceful.

Pragger-JC will not address some questions/issues I raise. He simply cherry picks...

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Posted by john on 08/18/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

yoyojohn: IF he was shot in the car in the top of the head, he would have died immediately which by ALL accounts and the public disclosure of forensic evidence he did not> Hence you are wrong.

Looters are not the issue here, only the death of Mike Brown. BUT FYI Molotov cocktails were not thrown until the last night or two. In the beginning when the locals went all Rambo on the protesters, there was NO evidence of such. Again you are wrong.

You're less than intelligent and definitely racist tendency to lump all blacks in a group, or describe them as such denotes a complete lack of respect you have for people who are black. Hence you are racist IMHO, and again you are wrong. Those are MY feelings and hardly patronizing.

I am NOT paternalistic, I was raised to respect my neighbor and assist them when I am able, if so needed. I offer NO guilt, I am proud to feel as I do, and I have earned the right to feel this way. Once again (habitually) you are wrong. Do we see a pattern here?


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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/18/2014 at 10:22 AM

Re: “We Try Again to Fix Our Domestic Violence Problem

We already have a drug court and environmental court, right? Nice to know the priorities. Better late than never is the best I can come up with.

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Posted by more cowbell on 08/18/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “We Try Again to Fix Our Domestic Violence Problem

I simply passed by and did not vote for Moreland. I was distressed somewhat that there was NO effective alternative, but at least I denied him my vote.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 08/18/2014 at 10:12 AM

Re: “Thanks, Uncle Sam! Surveying Middle Tennessee's Military Toys

*absurd tools

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Posted by twh on 08/18/2014 at 9:46 AM

Re: “We Try Again to Fix Our Domestic Violence Problem

bubbadog, I was also one of the ones who wrote in another name in order to deny Moreland my vote. I didn't vote for Dexter, but I didn't know he was running.

I knew there wouldn't be enough write-ins for the same person to cause Moreland to lose, but it was very cathartic to make the gesture.

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Posted by Pragmatist on 08/18/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Daily Links: Ferguson, Editors, and the EPL

OK... he gets in the patrol car going after the officer and the officer gets his weapon out, shoots hin in the top of the head.

As for protecting your property and life, JC. the looters were throwing blazing Molotov cocktails at you? Can you shoot or flee?

Blacks as a group, a failed culture with little hope for any betterment. Black hustlers flying in from all directions and the media, Democrats continually out to help them for a variety of reasons, some not so pretty. On one thing we do agree, JC- it is an awful situation after 50 years of wasted effort.. Those are my feelings, hardly racist; quite the opposite.

JC needs to re-examine his paternalistic, guilt ridden liberalism. He and his ilk have botched the attempt to help. God knows, not for lack of money.

Also, stop calling me yoyojohn.

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Posted by john on 08/18/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “We Try Again to Fix Our Domestic Violence Problem

When I got to Casey Moreland's name on the ballot, I wrote in the name of our cat Dexter. Apparently, a lot of other people had the same idea. I saw from the returns that more than 500 people voted for a write-in candidate in that race, far more than I saw for any other judicial election.

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Posted by bubbadog on 08/18/2014 at 8:27 AM

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