Bottomline is reporting a new reckoning at the Star, another major round of cuts. Just followed all the links in the story and, frankly, I feel the need for a shower.
Looks like the Star is cutting back on the very areas logic would suggest it needs to survive – the local bureaus and the business section. Charging for its unusable television section seems yet another blunder.
Sad to see Rick Alm’s name among those Bottomline thinks got the axe. He is a tough minded gutsy reporter you grow to hate if you’re on the same story.
The Star remains a mystery to me. I’m not sure how a newspaper could be managed in a less reader-oriented manner. The writing remains predictable and turgid, the photography hidden, the design – oh the design! – well, you can’t really call it design. They are pounding the news into the same format every day -- twin gutters and three bumping heads, one large square photo and a circus at the bottom. Hard to imagine “design” as a verb in regard to this.
The Star was always easy to beat on a story – you couldn’t be first but you could always be better – (alas, unless you were up against Alm, among a few others...) This sounds silly to say, but since the 1960s they’ve had trouble finding their voice. None of what they’re doing now will help.