TUESDAY’S LINKS: Jacksonville Paper’s Article Called ‘Racist,’ Young Newspaper Staffers Conflicted, PEJ Index

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By: E&P Staff

In today’s links, Carl Howe thinks there will always be a place for local newspapers, a study of editors opinions finds that a majority are positive in their assessments of newspapers’ future, and a Chicago Tribune writer sees a big reaction to a story about a 14-year-old girl’s incarceration.


Several members of the Jacksonville Jaguars have been arrested in the past 15 months, and the Jacksonville Times-Union ran a front-page story on those arrests last week. Many readers criticized the paper for that story, some claiming it was “racist” (AOL/NCAA Fanhouse)

Roy Greenslade: Far from being discouraged by the evolution of technology, 85% of senior news executives see a rosy future for their newspaper. They accept competition from online sources and free papers, and in turn are making efforts to adapt. And editors now realise that content matters more than marketing. (Guardian)

Carl Howe: Yes, traditional newspapers are struggling. There’s too much supply and not enough demand in many markets, and that’s part of a larger cycle of media expansion and contraction, as I’ve written before. But to say all newspapers are going to be out of business in the next 10 or 20 years is just silly. Like it or not, communities will need simple ways to distribute basic news and advertising. Yes, newspapers that don’t have a clear dominant position in a market may die, but there will always be one newspaper. (Seeking Alpha)

Tribune reporter Howard Witt hasn’t seen a reaction to a story quite like the one he got after writing about a controversy in the small Texas town of Paris. (Chicago Tribune)

“The controversy over the firings of the U.S. attorneys has consumed official Washington,? said NPR’s Morning Edition host Renee Montagne. “But what is the public reaction to this story?” “Really kind of minimal,” responded NPR’s political editor Ken Rudin. (PEJ)

Rem Rieder: Guest-edited magazine issues and newspaper sections are a truly bad idea. (American Journalism Review)

Young journalists at the Charlotte Observer love their jobs. They value what papers do but find them often dull, out of touch and sluggish. They have passion for their craft but are positioning themselves for a future that may leave newspapers behind. (American Journalism Review)

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