Almost any time I do any public speaking – not often since the pandemic began – a member of the audience will ask something like this:
“What advice would you give to a young person who wants to work in newspapers?”
After I stop laughing, I ask if the young person has a trust fund. If the answer is no – and it’s always no – I say there is no money and no future in newspapers. The young person should learn to code or do something useful, like dog grooming.
That usually gets a laugh. But I’m not joking.
Newspapers large and small are circling the drain. It’s a national tragedy. Here in Tidewater we just found out that both The Virginian-Pilot, where I spent 33 years, and The Daily Press, are now owned by a hedge fund. Continue reading