By: E&P Staff
The Nieman Watchdog blog, which is part of the Web site of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, has published an open letter from former Des Moines Register and Tribune editorial page editor Gilbert Cranberg and University of Iowa Law School professor Randall Bezanson reminding new Tribune owner Sam Zell that his main product is now news.
“Unlike your other investments, newspapers are a public service as important to the communities where they are published as public transit and libraries. For good reason, they have been described as a public trust,” the letter states. “So while you have bought into a business, it cannot be managed with your eyes fixed on the bottom line without doing damage to the public service side of the enterprise. Our advice is that you rip up your calendars and quit paying attention to short-term results.”
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