“This Business Was Too Gentlemanly”

Another New York Times piece on the business of newspapers:

USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The San Jose Mercury News and The Kansas City Star have something in common, aside from some of the biggest names in an endangered industry.

By the start of February, not one of them will have the same top editor it had when 2008 began. Most of them will have different publishers, too.


The chief executive of one newspaper company, who was granted anonymity to avoid antagonizing colleagues, said, “This business was too gentlemanly, filled with people who don’t know how to claw for every dollar, which is what’s needed now.”

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.