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Jamie Moses

Jamie Moses founded Artvoice in 1990


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  • As a former Bee employee, I want to thank you for the sentence acknowledging that group of papers does cover hard news in their communities. We’ve worked very hard to be the source for information about Clarence, Cheektowaga, OP, etc. Frequently, the only media presence at, say, a Cheektowaga-Sloan school board meeting or a Village of Williamsville meeting is the Bee reporter.  I think more media coverage of local governments is a good thing, and when I worked there, I was always happy to see a Buffalo News or YNN reporter there, but the Bee is the only one that’s there at every single meeting of those boards. The reporters and editors of those papers routinely work 12+ hour days to provide that kind of coverage. The paper has won multiple New York Press Association awards for coverage of high school sports, local government, and major events like the crash of Flight 3407 and the murder of Dr. Slepian. It always hurts when people poke fun at the Bee papers as a shopper-type paper or irrelevant despite all this.

  • One slight correction (addition):

    The NY Times is also “shrinking”, by any relevant measure (which doesn’t include coupons).

    Circulation is down; earnings are down; layoffs and/or buyouts abound. The “Paper of Record” is starting to resemble Miss Havisham. “Pinch” Sulzberger’s reputation is swirling the drain (and not just because of the rumoured affair with Caroline “Like, you know” Kennedy).

    One supposes the addition of an ombudsperson is, in part, an effort to make the Gray Lady relevant to this millenium. We’ll see if it works. Perhaps the “Snooze” will just go on insulting its readership ad infinitum.

  • I have close friends who manage/edit the Christian Science Monitor in Boston. They ducked behind a paywall in 2009 and now have 42 million page views a month – 8-10 million are unique views. And, they’re profitable.

    Of course, there are key differences between BN and CSM: while their journalists still filed daily, CSM killed it’s daily print version and went to a weekly magazine aggregating top Web stories. They were able to rely upon other church revenues to support their risky paywall experiment and they have church members around the world who undoubtedly signed up. Finally, CSM also puts out very high-quality journalism.

    Interesting article: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2012/0211/A-model-to-save-newspapers-Where-paywalls-actually-work

    I must admit, I might just stop reading the Buffalo News altogether. When Wall Street Journal and Newsday erected their paywalls I just stopped reading their news. Nowadays, I only find myself regretting no access to those two solid newspapers a few times a year. On those days, I just go buy the paper.

    Let’s see if the new editor at BN sticks with the paywall plan.

  • It’s not a one newspaper town. You are the 0ther newspaper. Stop throwing stones and get to work.

  • You state that “I also believe that the News is in the business of journalism, not in the business of printing a paper.” – I disagree-  the News SHOULD be in the journalism business, but sadly I don’t think they are

  • While I’ll sort of protest to the ‘free to distribute’ idea for the online medium,the bigger point is still valid. Bandwidth, server hardware, power, air conditioning, and IT staff are not negligible costs, they’re still, in the aggregate cheaper than running a full on printing press. 

    I’m glad you brought up the profitability thing. As a reader of the paper, I don’t give a shit how much money they make. Yes, I understand that they have to make money to operate, but I don’t care to have it tossed in my face every chance they get. I want the NEWS. I want investigative reporting. I want my local paper to piss off local politicians because they expose them when they do something dumb. I don’t want to know that they made X number of dollars over the last few years for Uncle Warren. 

    I find it interesting that Mrs. Sullivan is taking an ombudsman role, when she’s actively avoided performing such tasks here. She didn’t utter a single word in the paper about a TBN sports reporter, Rodney McKissic, being suspended for plagarism, then reassigned. That’s something she should have addressed, and strongly. 

    When we no longer trust our newspaper, we might as well only buy it for the coupons.