Union-Tribune

‘Dear Abby’ Falls Off Comic Page: Sizing Up the New U-T

August 26, 2010 by Doug Porter
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Last March, after one of my semi-annual rants about the local daily newspaper, I received a most unusual invitation. Jeff Light, newly ensconced as Union-Tribune editor, asked me out to lunch. I wasn’t expecting a free lunch and conversation; I was just trying to get a letter to the editor published. After I cleaned the froth off my monitor—it was one of those moments when I shouldn’t have chugging diet Dr Pepper while reading my email–, I typed “sure, let’s do it” and hit the send button.

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“Union-Tribune’s” Falsehoods Seek to Divide and Conquer Public Education Supporters

January 6, 2010 by Doug Porter
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The San Diego Unified School Board held a couple of meetings on Tuesday, discussing options in their search for a permanent School Superintendent and hoping to make some sense of the implications of deep funding cuts expected when Gov. Schwarzenegger announces his 2010 budget later this week.

Our local fish wrap (the Union-Tribune) blasted the Board in advance of the first meeting in an editorial:

“Continuing its radical consolidation of power, the San Diego Unified school board majority has scheduled a special meeting today at which members are expected to take the first step toward eliminating the position of superintendent.”

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Media Mash Up: Union-Tribune Circulation Down Again, City Beat Reporter Smokes DA’s Office

November 1, 2009 by Doug Porter
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The decline in U.S. newspaper circulation is accelerating, according to figures released by Audit Bureau of Circulation last week, and our local fishwrap is no exception. The report shows that the Union-Tribune’s circulation has now dropped to 242,705, a -10.05% decrease from the same reporting period (six months ending in September) in 2008. Extrapolating from their media campaign that claims the San Diego daily has 1.15 million readers weekly, that decline could seem to indicate that the U-T has recently lost 115,000 readers. Of course, that’s probably no truer than their inflated readership claims, but it doesn’t seem to bode well for the paper.

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The Union Tribune’s Last Throes: The Deathwatch Countdown

July 17, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Like a mutant monster in a B-Grade science fiction flick under attack, the besieged local daily fishwrap is flailing desperately as it stumbles towards its ultimate destiny. This death won’t be quick, and, using the vernacular of its militaristic editorial ancestors, there is likely to be a lot of collateral damage along the way.

The staff at the paper now seems to have realized that their new overlords could care less about the actual practice of publishing.

The new owners –Platinum Equity– have continued shrinking the payroll and hired a “journalistic mortician” to oversee the newspaper’s operations.

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Open Letter to Union-Tribune Editor: Why I cancelled my subscription

July 1, 2009 by Anna Daniels

by Anna Daniels

Dear Karin Winner, Editor:

Ms. Winner, I just canceled my 15+ year subscription to the Union-Tribune. I asked to speak to a supervisor who would convey my reason for doing so to the appropriate individuals within the company. The reason I gave to Hector was the U-T’s recent decision to publish all City employee names and salary information on signonsandiego.com.

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It Isn’t News When Mostly Good Things Happen at the OB Street Fair

June 29, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

Enough people to constitute a small city filled the streets of Ocean Beach this weekend for the 30th Annual OB Street Fair.

But it wasn’t newsworthy enough to merit coverage in our daily newspaper. Nada. Not a picture. Not a story.

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New Union-Tribune Publisher Described As a Journalistic Mortician

May 14, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Ed Moss, the new publisher for the recently purchased San Diego Union-Tribune, could be a worry for those who want the paper to survive. Moss, who takes control on Monday, May 18th, was described as a “journalistic mortician,” by Ron Kaye, the former editor of the Los Angeles Daily News, where Moss worked.

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Despite the old Union-Tribune, we still have democracy

May 7, 2009 by Frank Gormlie

On May 6th, the “new” Union-Tribune, under new management, ran an editorial, entitled “Bible of democracy”. It quoted Walter Lippmann who called newspapers “the bible of democracy”.

Is this a description of the old Union-Tribune? Hardly.

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Eight Ideas for the New Union-Tribune Owners

May 7, 2009 by Doug Porter
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by Doug Porter

The Copley era at the Union-Tribune drew to a close this week. Given that the new owners aren’t really experienced in the media world, (and, yes, I know that it was the real estate that really made this deal work for them) I have a few modest suggestions for improving the paper.

1) Wake up and smell the coffee. San Diego isn’t the Navy retirement village that it used to be….

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Tide Changes In San Diego Media

May 6, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

This week has witnessed major tidal changes for San Diego’s media.

The San Diego Union-Tribune formally changed publishers – and San Diego News Network (SDNN) has outpaced the other independent net show, the Voice of San Diego, in terms of monthly hits – for the first time.

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How Will Sale of Union-Tribune Affect San Diego?

March 18, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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(Originally posted July 30, 2008)

by Frank Gormlie

Oh, my god! The Union-Tribune is about to be sold – or at least – is up for sale. What will San Diego do now? Do we care? What does it mean for a one-paper town like San Diego to have its monopoly print media exchange owners … or even close down altogether?

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Union-Tribune sold to private equity firm – Platinum Equity

March 18, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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Today we heard (tip to Voice of San Diego) that our favorite monopoly press – the San Diego Union-Tribune – has been sold to Platinum Equity – a private equity firm in Beverly Hills. Here is how they describe themselves:

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The End of the Daily Newspaper

March 4, 2009 by Doug Porter
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EDITOR: Our writer Doug Porter has been focusing over the last few months on the demise of the daily mainstream newspaper. Over the course of several weeks last Fall, Porter wrote a series that we posted. His predictions are painful to watch. Last Friday, Feb. 28th, witnessed the dramatic end to Colorado’s oldest mainstream newspaper, the Rocky Mountain News. The Colorado mainstay – publishing for 150 years – lost $16 million in 2008. It has closed its doors for good.

Here’s Doug’s series, all in one: …

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Death of Newspapers – Part II : Breaking the Union-Tribune Habit

October 17, 2008 by Doug Porter

Welcome to the New Age of Information So, if you’ve been reading your daily newspaper (or watching network news) under the illusion that the stories presented are somehow vetted, fair, or balanced, it’s time to wake up and smell the coffee.  The first step of the rest of your media life should be to stop […]

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The End of the Daily Newspaper: Burying the Union Tribune

October 13, 2008 by Doug Porter

If a big newspaper in a metropolitan area dropped dead right now “nobody under 30 would care.” Mark Potts, news consultant. Mr. Potts ought to know.  He makes his living working for big time newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat.  A cottage industry of web sites and consultancies has sprung up dispensing advice and […]

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