Thursday, January 08, 2009
Press-Telegram Sports Columnist Steve Dilbeck Canned
Literally the only general-interest sports columnists left in the group are the two guys in Long Beach, Doug Krikorian and Bob Keisser. Neither has gotten much use outside of the Press-Telegram, of late.Look, guys, the AP can't keep giving stories away indefinitely to Yahoo (maybe they can, but given the crummy environment for online ads that's doubtful); news won't vanish, either. It's the Wall Street Journal model or bust, I think.
Either that usage pattern changes … or someone is promoted to columnist from the handful of remaining staffers … or LANG newspapers go without a columnist.
Like, what? This at the very time when seemingly intelligent people are saying that what newspapers still have that no one else does … is local analysis, commentary, color and opinion. And if you don’t have that … what are you left with? Preps? Wire copy?