One of our media critics, Michael J. Nighan, has drawn attention to the decline of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, especially in Raving Nighan skewers the Democrat and Chronicle: The Ravin’ ; (with apologies to A.E. Poe) and Is Public Input to the D&C a Dead Letter? and A New Low for the D & C
Today he offers:
Sinking in a Sea of Mediocrity
The decline of professional journalism (and good taste) at the Democrat and Chronicle continues apace. With evaporating staff and declining subscriber rolls, and the accelerating shift from solid news to fluff and filler on their Facebook page, the D&C has become little more than a corporate clone through the constant usage of generic cut-and-past click bait sent out from Gannett HQ. The only area for “personalization” being the descriptive headers to the stories which are left up to the judgment, or lack thereof, of the paper’s editors.
Case in point. The other day, Gannett sent out an article about a young couple who had decided to quit their jobs and use their savings to buy, refurbish and sail away on a 28 foot sailboat. Sadly for them, on the second day of their trip they ran aground off Tampa Bay, lost the boat and everything they owned, and ended up on the hook for the $10,000 it will cost to remove their boat from the bottom of the navigation channel. The recklessness of their adventure aside, surely they should be able to expect at least compassion and empathy from the media. Yet how did the D&C elect to headline this story?
A titanic mistake. This boat is no longer a liquid asset.
You’re a class act guys.
(NOTE: Speaking of the Titanic, the slow but steady sinking of the D&C has claimed another victim. Daniel Norselli, who came aboard just 19 months ago as president, vowing to change the perception of the D&C as “just a newspaper” — as if being “just a newspaper” was something to be ashamed of — will be leaving the Gannett organization this week, “to pursue other opportunities,” well-known corporate-speak for having been thrown over the side.)