Tuesday, September 07, 2010

It's come to this?

In a sad but apt statement of the current state of newspapers, two of the three stories in The (Columbia, S.C.) State's Metro section on Labor Day were hardly metro - but were from papers in Myrtle Beach and Charleston. The third was a Q and A by the news columnist.

In fact, taking the front page as well, three of the six lead stories were from other papers, including one about college building projects done by the Greenville News but that should have been easy pickings for the Columbia paper that sits in the shadow of the University of South Carolina.

I'm glad to see S.C. papers sharing and giving light to some good stories that in the past were largely ignored or had to be sanitized by the AP before they were picked up (except for a few years when Columbia and Greenville were going at it, and so Columbia had a content-sharing arrangement with the Spartanburg daily paper, part of the Upstate metro region). But this is still a sad commentary in the state's largest paper.

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At 9/8/10, 4:32 PM, Blogger Davisull said...

Yes it is. And it's also a commentary on a Labor Day paper. I don't know what life is like in the Palmetto State, but I wouldn't waste a good local story up here on a day when everyone was going to be at the Shore. Of my three home-delivered papers, one didn't even bother to publish on Labor Day.

At 9/9/10, 12:22 AM, Blogger Doug Fisher said...

I've worked a lot of holiday papers, bane of the life of a journalist. And I've used (and produced) lots of copy from far-away places for them.

But somehow we always managed to have something fresh to lead with, even if it had big art. To have your "Metro" section not show anything locally except a canned Q&A from your news columnist?

(Ya know, people at the shore can be seen with a good cuppa and a paper, too.)


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