A lot of people are worried about this survey, in which only 1/3 of the population said they will miss their local paper “a lot.” But people seem to be ignoring that about 3/5 said they would generically miss it. I feel this is at least partially due to the fact that the general public doesn’t realize how dependent other news sources – particularly TV and radio stations – are on newspapers to break stories. Generally, you don’t know what you got ’til it’s gone.
Similarly, this libel ruling seems to be much ado about nothing.
Violence flares back up in Northern Ireland. I actually freakishly predicted this in a conversation earlier this week. Here’s The Economist‘s take. All signs – particularly Sinn Fein’s response – indicate violence will likely be short lived, but add that “it doesn’t take many men with arms and experience to wreak havoc” and point to “the economic slump as a second worry.
If I had known about this, I would have considered doing it. Do you realize how much free food 52 Chick-Fil-A value meals is?
This is such a great example of why USA Today often has better lede stories than the WaPo or the NYT. It’s backed by solid data and has bit of a populist overtune that draws in the average reader. Too often, the USAT breaks something like this and then the leading papers just seem to ignore it.
And a final couple of links: