sam's notes

notes on government, sports and popular culture

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Evidently, Blogger was reconfiguring itself yesterday, which is why no one was able to log on. The entry field and the dashboard are now different.

Too bad, because I had the High Point Enterprise story yesterday morning. I received a rapid-fire round of phone calls and e-mails from former HPE colleagues who were spreading the word. I wrote for Triad Business News, which the HPE folded almost two years ago to the day.

I'd been hearing for several weeks that things were not improving under Paxton Media Group's ownership. Things don't appear to be getting any better. The fact that the newspaper isn't planning on filling more news positions and is discontinuing its Web hosting services is not a good sign.

One former colleague e-mailed this grim prediction: "Mark my words: They get rid of the newsroom and sports dept.They rely on wire copy and sell the paper before the advertisers pull out of their contracts so that profitability is at a high and they can make a tidy profit from the sale. They have done the same thing with papers all over the country."


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