Post Mortem For A Dead Newspaper
from the looking-backwards,-not-looking-forward dept
John Temple, the former editor, president and publisher of the now shuttered Rocky Mountain News, has been running a great blog about issues from the newspaper industry over the past few months. He consistently has been saying stuff that made me wonder why the Rocky Mountain News didn’t seem to do the sorts of things he seemed to constantly talk about… and now he’s explained why. He recently gave a talk at Google about lessons from the collapse of the Rocky Mountain News in both text and video form. It’s long, but well worth watching/reading:
It seems like pretty much everything was based on looking backwards, not forward. There was little effort to figure out how to better enable a community, or any recognition that the community of people who read the paper were the organizations true main asset.
The talk is amazingly honest, coming from someone who accepts a share of the blame for what happened, and should be required reading/viewing for anyone in the media business, new or old. The same game is playing out not just in newspapers, but in a number of other businesses as well. Like the Rocky Mountain News, those businesses are looking backwards and defining themselves on the wrong terms, while newer startups don’t have such legacy issues to deal with.