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Magazine's demise ends a newspaper tradition

Posted Thursday, December 10, 2009, at 12:29 PM

For those of us in the newspaper industry, this is a surprising day: Editor & Publisher, the industry's main newsmagazine, is being shut down.

I began reading it in my early journalistic days when I was a 16-year-old high school student. Back then there was usually a stack of E&Ps on a counter near the T-G's front door. I'd grab some of them to read while in the darkroom developing sports film (the "dark" room was only dark for a few seconds while the film was being transferred from one container to another. I don't miss film.)

I learned much about newspapers from E&P as well as reading newspapers from other cities, which carry as much fascination for me today as ever -- even more since newspapers now have web sites, video, etc.

In later years I subscribed to E&P.

But as the Internet matured I discovered the same information was available online for free, so I let my subscription lapse. I've had E&P's website bookmarked but rarely stopped by. Maybe I share a tiny portion of the blame for their demise.

I guess I'll miss E&P occasionally, just as I sometimes wish the Nashville Banner, which left us in 1998, was still around. I always thought the Banner was a better product than The Tennessean.

We in the industry occasionally hear gloom and doom predictions about newspapers. Let's just say there are quite a few of us around who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly while still seeing a real need for news printed with ink on paper as well.


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National papers that seemed to get most of their news "off the wires" have suffered greatly since the internet. Papers like the T-G predominantly cover local news which is not covered very well on the net.

I am still more comfortable holding my reading material. The computer screen gets tiresome and is eye straining.

A number of my subscriptions (even printer oriented, industry magazines) offer online subscriptions and I say "mail it". Not only because I want to support the print/paper industry but because I like it better.

Guess I am living up to beng old fashioned.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 3:19 PM

"guess I'll miss E&P occasionally, just as I sometimes wish the Nashville Banner, which left us in 1998, was still around. I always thought the Banner was a better product than The Tennessean.

We in the industry occasionally hear gloom and doom predictions about newspapers. Let's just say there are quite a few of us around who embrace new technologies wholeheartedly while still seeing a real need for news printed with ink on paper as well."

I can say at least the Banner would bother to check the facts rather that run what ever dribble a badge or bagger would purport to be the truth. I use to subscribe to the Banner but would not even let my pigeons roost on the Tennessean out on the farm

-- Posted by outonthefarm on Thu, Dec 10, 2009, at 7:16 PM

I was just a few days ago telling a new comer to Middle Tennessee about "The Nashville Banner". I miss it as well.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Fri, Dec 11, 2009, at 10:59 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.