The Marc Steiner Show

Marc on Today’s Layoffs at The Sun

Another 100 layoffs with 60 from the newsroom. Our once vaunted paper is being decimated. Owner Zell already informed employees, the reporters and journalists that they were expendable and costly. He instituted a mathematical analysis of how many lines a reporter wrote to determine worth and wondered aloud why it takes 5 or 6 or 9 journalists to turn in one story on Iraq. It has all become bottom line and profit. Sure a business has to make money for reinvestment but news should not be entered into to make a financial killing. Maybe all papers should be non-profit, or maybe owners need to be satisfied with a smaller profit margin.

Who do we turn to understand, get stories and analysis from and of the daily news in our city, state, nation and world? Fox? Tabloids? Blogs? A democracy needs a free press that functions.

There was a time, when I was a kid, that the Sun was read every day in the White House. Now it is fast becoming fodder for the parakeet cage.

The writers and reporters at the Sun are some of the best in their world. I admire and feel their frustration at not being able to work their craft. We all deserve better.

Maybe there is an opportunity to create something new with all that talent now on the loose looking for work.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Our age of media consolidation imposed a pernicious burden on newspapers. Every time the Baltimore Sun was sold, the paper’s revenue was the same on the day after the sale as on the day before the sale. The cost structure worsened significantly each time, however, because the paper faced the ever-increasing financial burden of repaying the ever-increasing purchaser’s investment, a cost that necessitated the diversion of funds away from what readers think the main function of a newspaper should be.

    Newspapers no longer have much to do with real journalism. They are primarily chips on a financial poker table.

    Minor detail: I really dislike the look, the visual appearance, of the Baltimore Sun now. The parakeets should protest.

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