I had a letter to the editor published in the Boston Globe last month and now I’m going to have the distinction of authoring one of the last 100 Globe letters. Because it’s really going to happen.
My sense of certainty comes from Eric Alterman (who, after all, is a professor journalism). He is all doom and gloom about the imminent demise of the Globe. And he’s got me convinced. While there’s some ho-hum sentiment that we’ll all get by somehow, this will be a really seismic event for Boston and New England. Interestingly, there have been only 9 posts here since the initial one on April 3 about the Globe’s fate.
Jim C’s “Here’s What You Do, Globe” at least made a stab at offering a list of possible changes. But nothing on JimC’s list is going to save a fraction of the Globe’s estimated $85 million loss this year.
Charley’s April 8th discussion about making the Globe a nonprofit got some interesting ideas flowing, but no one really followed up. And as several comments to the post pointed out, there is no “business model” that can accommodate anything like the scale of Globe and its humongous losses.
Alterman’s piece concludes with this sunny observation:
“It’s painful to admit, but admit it we must: we have no more hope today of saving the “newspaper business” than we do the “telegraph business.” What is needed–pronto–is a plan to save the collection and dissemination of the news itself.”
It’s really going to happen.