SailNet Community - View Single Post - the inevitable slow death of sailing journalism - does it matter
View Single Post
post #7 of Old 02-21-2012
Senior Member
jimmalkin's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: MVY
Posts: 232
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 13
I spent many years earning my "crust" in publishing and media. As mentioned above, the decline of advertising revenue (related to the perceived efficacy of electronic advertising vs. print, the downturn in many lines of business and related cuts to advertising budgets) coupled with the "web is free" decline in paying subscribers to print or electronic offerings have lead to what I find to be a lack of quality journalism. Most "eyeballs" are focused on entertainment and sound bites; complicated issues or thoughtful analysis is "too hard."

Compounding this in sailing journalism is the backscratching coverage that results when articles of products/events/innovations are tied to advertising dollars.

I may be a luddite or a curmudgeon (or both) but since no one wants to buy advertising or subscriptions, we are on a path to getting our facts from Wikipedia rather than qualified, trained journalists or editors. We will get what we pay for.

And the oddest thing is that many of the free bloggers and posters view their crowning achievements as getting an article into print...

Go figure. Go sailing.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

White Rabbit
Vineyard Haven
jimmalkin is offline  
Quote Share with Facebook
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome