Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Time: Herald is an endangered species

From Time Magazine's list of The 10 Most Endangered Newspapers in America:

3. The Miami Herald, which has a daily circulation of about 220,000. It is owned by McClatchy, a publicly traded company that could be the next chain to file for Chapter 11. The Herald has been on the market since December, but no serious bidders have emerged. Newspaper advertising has been especially hard-hit in Florida because of the tremendous loss in real estate advertising. The online version of the paper is already well read in the Miami area, Latin America and the Caribbean. The Herald has strong competition north of it, in Fort Lauderdale. There is a very small chance it could merge with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, but it is more likely that the Herald will go online-only with two editions, one for English-language readers and one for Spanish.
Yes, the Herald will finally come the conclusion that any outside observer would have made a long time ago, that their business lies in the "news" part of newspaper, not the "paper" part. Getting rid of the dead tree version will allow the Herald to focus on its core business which is providing news content to readers and advertising opportunities to clients.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have the champagne ready for the Herald's funeral.

Sorry, but... said...

No doubt there are some good people working at The Herald who are or will be suffering as a result of this situation. I am certainly sorry for them and their families, and wish them a speedy recovery.

However, for the paper itself, for those who have been and are holding the reins and responsible for how the Herald has long operated, I have no sympathy--certainly no more sympathy than they have shown for me and my concerns.

I withdrew all support from the Herald organization long ago. I don't even use the free online version except rarely, when there's some special reason to do so. I honestly find any contact with the Herald distasteful--it has offended and insulted me too often and too seriously for me to feel otherwise.

Henry Louis Gomez said...

I believe a lot of people share your sentiment. The number of people who have been alienated by the newspaper that's suppose to serve our community is large.

Anonymous said...

The final, gleeful touch will come the day the wrecking ball batters down the Herald building and no trace of this leftist rag exists.

Anonymous said...

For decades, the Miami Herald subjected us to anti-Cuban exile racists like:
Jack Kofoed
Jim DeFede
Tom "Chihuahua" Fiedler
Alfonso "Visa" Chardy
and self-loathing leftist Cubans like:
Oscar "Blowjob" Corral
Ana "Mr. Ed" Menendez
Good ridance!

Anonymous said...

For Whom the Bell Tolls
It tolls for thee, Herald!

Anonymous said...

"The number of people who have been alienated by the newspaper that's suppose to serve our community is large." Your sentence made me think -- what community is that? Remember when the Herald struck "Miami" off the masthead in the Broward edition? I don't know of any other newspaper that has tried to expand its readership by denying where they started. For years, it has struck me as a newspaper in search of a community.

Henry Louis Gomez said...

That's easy. The ft lauderdale sun sentinel is now the south florida sun sentinel

Anonymous said...

You're point is well taken. I didn't know that, but that's because (1) I don't read the Sun-Sentinel and (2) I don't accept that there's a "South Florida" community that, as the media would have it, extends over the three counties. For ten years now, I have been saying that Miami will be the first major city without a major paper. Let's see if it happens.

BTW - thanks for your blog. You do a nice job here and at Babalu.

Anonymous said...

Yet, Herald management is still in official denial. See here: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/sfl-bn-0325no-newspaper,0,2665528.story