The Berkshire Eagle's New Boss

The Berkshire Eagle's New Boss

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HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Springfield, VA

#1 Mar 6, 2012
Posted today to ‘Digital First’— Journal Register CEO John Paton’s Dialogue With Employees And The Public On How Newspaper Companies Can Adapt and Thrive.
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Hi, John Paton!
Pal, you have your work cut out for you in re The Berkshire Eagle.
The problem at The Eagle is that The Eagle editors don’t “cover” the news so much as “cover for” the news.
I don’t need to tell you the number of news stories The Eagle has failed to report in recent years because were the facts of those stories ever reported, such revelations would intrude and impinge upon the political power structure in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Berkshire County, the Berkshire Eagle’s circulation area.
The Eagle’s covering-up of bona-fide news stories has gotten so bad in recent months that the newspaper recently lost/let go one of its more enterprising reporters who, of course, immediately was hired by the competing Springfield-Republican.
Now this journalist reports the news The Eagle was refusing before to print, only now The Eagle plays catch-up the next day (or the following week) and reports that which its former reporter is now writing about in The Republican.
Pretty ludicrous, eh?
The Eagle’s circulation is dismal and declining because readers no longer trust The Eagle. Eagle Management in the Internet Age is failing to grapple with the power of the Net to spread local news.
In the Berkshires, news stories ‘break’ on venues such as Topix and in local blogs sometimes WEEKS before The Eagle finally gets around to reporting on the same subjects, only by then most everyone is already aware of what had happened from reading Topix and those local blogs.
Worse, Topix and those local blogs are now in the habit of ‘scooping’ The Eagle almost DAILY!
I wish you well Mr. Paton in getting The Eagle back on its reportorial feet.
You need to get The Eagle’s editors back in the habit of accurately and honestly reporting the news and out of that nasty habit of thinking first about protecting the local political power structure around which so many of those unreported news stories revolve.

Best regards,
Glenn M. Heller, editor
Berkshire Blog
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Springfield, VA

#2 Mar 6, 2012
cil

Otis, MA

#3 Mar 6, 2012
Whatever happened to Freedom of the Press?..back in the day reporters where paid by how good the news is..now its all about who the news is about?..
Dio

Northampton, MA

#4 Mar 6, 2012
Maybe now The Eagle will Devour The Snake.
HellerCarbonCapN TradeLLC

Springfield, VA

#5 Mar 6, 2012
HellerCarbonCapNTradeLLC wrote:
My posted comment to John Paton's Blog was moderated and deleted out of existence.
Looks like NOTHING is going to be changing at The Eagle.
Dio

Northampton, MA

#6 Mar 6, 2012
Someone please remind me why we migrated here so long ago.
IRA_PITTSFIELD

Northville, NY

#8 Mar 7, 2012
I dumped my "script" about 3 yrs ago. I find it lying around the workplace and use it to start my woodstove--"alot of hot air",& it stinks of coverup. A. Mick was in Jimmy & the Bobbleheads" back pocket.

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