William Dean Singleton, CEO of MediaNews Group, parent company of the Pioneer Press, spoke to a conference sponsored by the Newspaper Association of America over the weekend.Lean Dean
had some typically blunt words about the future of the newspaper industry.Howard Owens
reported some of his comments:
“If you read Romenesko every day and you hear our people in newsrooms whine — they whine and whine and whine wishing for the old days to come back. Damn it, I wish the old days would come back, too, but wishing for it isn’t going to make it happen. You must be focused on the future.”
And: “When we had to make cuts at one of our larger papers somebody in one of our unions put out a letter that said, ‘Well, we won’t be able to put out the same newspaper we have over the past 30 years.’ I said, ‘Precisely. Our readers don’t wnat the same newspaper we’ve been putting out over the past 30 years.’”
(Cribbed, naturally, from Romenesko.)
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