Cosmo Garvin at the News & Review pointed me to Bee editor Melanie Sills' Sunday column, noting Sills admits she feels an obligation to report on McClatchy's financial problems.
Newspaper editors, including me, have felt obliged to report news of our companies' financial ups and downs, especially lately. We've done a poor job, I think, of recognizing and drawing readers into the bigger questions for all of us: What do communities need now from newspapers, and how do we ensure those needs are met in the future?The Bee didn't cover the Bee Newspaper Guild's call for Gary Pruitt to take a pay cut. There has been minimal coverage in the Bee about impending layoffs/furloughs across the McClatchy chain. McClatchy's delisting status with the New York Stock Exchange? Barely a mention.
The Bee isn't covering the developments, but this blog and others across the Internet are putting the information out there.
Sill's proposal? She wants to "invite Bee readers into a conversation" about how the media delivers news during a recession. The forum board involves a clumsy registration process. As of late Sunday night just 32 people have posted comments.
(Would you want to "participate in a conversation" with Melanie Sill? Me neither.)
The Bee would be miles ahead in the credibility department if they simply put the information out there and trusted readers with it. Give readers news and info -- don't invite them "to participate in a conversation."