Demolition at the Sentinel

The Orlando Sentinel printed its last on-site newspaper back in 2017, but it’s just sent their heavy metal to the scrapyard.

During the past several months, the Sentinel’s three-story machines have been methodically dismembered – tendons severed and joints broken – by guys schooled in press anatomy.

Back in the day, they worked six months to construct a press and another couple to tune it into a beast that operators knew as having a mind of its own.

These same craftsmen now also are dismantlers. It has taken them six to eight weeks to take down each of the Sentinel’s five presses as salvage sold for not a dime a pound.

What a sad sight.


 A control panel for a press was battered by its removal. It was put aside briefly before being loaded on a scrapyard truck. Kevin Spear / Orlando Sentinel

Read about it here.




Disaster at the doorstep in more ways than one

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As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, the Raleigh newspaper is a shadow of what it was in 1999. As a result of the kind of downsizing and layoffs that have affected newspapers everywhere, its newsroom has shrunk from 250 journalists to just 65.

Read about it here.



Apple riding in to save the day?

Apple is talking to big newspapers about joining its subscription service

Last March, Apple bought Texture, a digital magazine service. Now it wants The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal to join up.


Even if Apple goes down the path, I’m not sure it’s going to help.

Read abuoi  here.

GJ Daily Sentinel drops 2 print editions

My old Newspaper, The (Grand Junction, Colo.) Daily Sentinel is dropping two of its print editions.

Here’s the announcement from GJDS Publisher Jay Seaton made earlier this month.

…  the Monday and Tuesday editions of The Daily Sentinel will be delivered only in a digital format beginning Monday, Aug. 13.

Here’s a sample of their e-edition, free until Aug. 13.

And of their marketing:

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Overkill on the training? If it’s so “easy” why are classes an hour long?

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The steal of yesteryear

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Looks like this library at the Allegany College of Maryland is unloading some of their unused items.

Got a microfilm reader stashed in your basement? You could pick up this treasure trove of an archive of The New York Times (1851-1969) for as low as $130 (maybe).

Go here to make a bid.

But then you’d have to remember how to find stuff on microfilm … you need an index, right?