Nashville Scene is reporting that at least 8 reporters and “an unknown number of business-side staffers” were laid off yesterday by the newspaper’s corporate overlord.
In an apparent effort to boost sales of its print edition (which is the whole point of the social enterprise), The Contributor is now delaying its articles from going online until an unspecified “later date.” They’re encouraging readers to instead find a vendor on the streets of Nashville to buy one of the $2.00 (plus tips) newspapers.
Announcement time! We are no longer putting our new issue online until a later date, so find your vendor to buy. We appreciate our readers!
— The Contributor (@TheContributor) July 11, 2016
Steven Hale of Pith in the Wind opines about the media circus surrounding Erin Andrew’s lawsuit against the Vanderbilt Marriott. As I’ve scrolled through Nashens’ Twitter timeline for the news of the past few days, I’ve had many of the same thoughts as my timeline has been all but taken over by every happening around the courtroom.
Hale writes about the collection of local TV reporters at the courthouse:
A downside, however, is the tendency to report all news — from public corruption to a small garage fire to another media person leaving court for lunch — in the same breathless manner. You need some stock footage of Erin Andrews walking into court to go with tonight’s segment on the trial. Understood. But this seems a bit much. And not just because it’s silly. But because this entire case happens to be about a woman who was stalked and filmed against her will. To be blunt, does this seem a bit creepy to anyone else?
If you are into learning every detail of the goings-on at the Erin Andrews trial, as she sues Marriott for its negligence and lax security that allowed a peeping tom to film her naked in her hotel room, you can follow along with one of the many reporters present at the trial.
.@iamstevenhale seems a great deal of the focus is on her BEING in Nashville rather than WHY she is here.
— Wesley B. Hartline (@WesHartline) February 25, 2016
Andrea Zelinski of Nashville Scene laments the slow shrinkage of Tennessee’s press corps covering the state capitol. “More news is good news,” she writes, as she discusses the differing editorial opinions, stances, and biases that different publications across the state, or even within Nashville, brought to the table to help shape public opinion. She continues:
Without enough reporters to tell the varying sides of the story, House Speaker Beth Harwell tells the Scene, the nuance of what’s happening gets lost. And if one news outlet has too much sway — for instance, when Gannett takes control of two more of the state’s largest Capitol Hill bureaus, and fewer people are reporting what’s happening — editorials shaping public opinion suffer.
With the recent shuttering of TN Report, a news service dedicated solely to the state capitol, and the acquisition of newspapers in Memphis and Knoxville by Gannett, this diversity of opinion is under threat more and more: the full time press corps at the capitol has shrunk from 35 to 5.
Nashens aims to provide another voice to Nashville: that of its citizens. This blog does not attempt to replace or push out any other news organizations. In fact, it doesn’t even attempt to cover state politics on a regular basis, as this is a local news blog (even though the capitol is right here in Nashville).