Monday, August 21, 2017

KANSAS CITY STAR STAYS LOSING: FEAR MORE DEAD-TREE MEDIA BUYOUTS!!!

Some of the more skilled longtime workers are being forced out as the daily paper is forced to do less with less:

Three KC Star Veterans Accept Buyouts As 'Newsroom Reinvention' Gets Underway

Kansas City Star reporters are being given new assignments as part of parent company McClatchy Inc.'s "reinvention" of newsrooms across the newspaper chain. The health beat has been transformed into the "bad medicine" beat, the education beat into "raising Kansas City" and the crime beat into "courts uncovered," to cite three examples.

31 Comments:

Anonymous said...

"...with greater emphasis given to search engine optimization to drive digital traffic."

It's not about quality of journalism, or ethical responsibility as the forth estate, it's about a few more pennies per click, driven by the right combination of buzz words.

Anonymous said...

The Star building will be loft apartments within a couple years. They did it to themselves. No business can make it by ignoring or worse, insulting, half their potential customer base.

Anonymous said...

Good riddance, too bad they didn't get rid of that racist biotch sanchez

Anonymous said...

Get rid of experienced journalists who have some institutional memory and a good working knowledge of the issues and players in their local beat and hire a few more cheap recent J-school members of the kiddie corps who will believe anything they're told, wet their pants over rah rah like new airport terminals and streetcars, and "report" whatever is handed to them as part of the latest corporate press release.
Then wonder why the numbers keep falling and the lights are about to be shut off.
Usually the tension in a news organization is between the business side of the house and the news operation, but in the case of the Star, apparently neither of those areas of expertise exist.
Probably time to hire a few embalmers.

Anonymous said...

The Star is asswipe for third world countries

Anonymous said...

Good description

Anonymous said...

THE KC STAR USED TO BE A GOOD NEWS SOURCE NOW ITS A LIBERAL AGENDA DRIVEN CUM RAG THATS ON ITS LAST LEG! ADIOS FRUITS

Anonymous said...

Turn out the lights, the parties over.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you permit egomaniacal, sociopathic pricks - - also known as “chaos monkeys” entrepreneurs and politico's who destroy everything in their path run amuck without any accountability.

Anonymous said...


If he wasn't already shitcanned ..racist Democrat hack Lewie Dikweed would blame the buyouts on ...wait for it..

WHITE PRIVILEGE!!

Another Midtown Mom said...

Always a mistake to fire the reporters and writers at a newspaper. Start with the managers.

Anonymous said...

Start with that disgusting cunt Sanchez

Anonymous said...

yes why couldn't mary have been given the boot who the hell has she got dirt on?

Anonymous said...

the demise of the local newspaper is sad.

Anonymous said...

They expect people to pay to read the Star online? I'd rather read Tony's KC any day.

Anonymous said...

KILLA CITY IS SAD AND A RESULT OF LIBERAL POLICIES!

Anonymous said...

This country will be lucky to survive what's coming.

Anonymous said...

Cultural appocolypse

Anonymous said...

Media,political,racially driven nonsense that is taking down America

Anonymous said...

Or, WHAT, has she got dirt on...? Aren't her palms and knees looking dusty a bit?

Anonymous said...

I spent a few decades freelancing for papers and mags all over the country; this includes the KC Star on six or seven occasions (going all the way back to the old "Star" Sunday supplement). I've seen good and bad, but the Star was always a shining example of poor editing, an obsession with political correctness, terrible communication (ironically common in many media operations) and general incompetence.

For a brief instant - very brief, right after they hired Nelson - the paper seemed to be getting a little better. That was apparently a blip on the radar. Over the past few months the Star has become almost unreadable.

McLatchy will likely kill off the paper within the next couple of years (I honestly expect McLatchy to either go bust or sell off many assets at bargain-basement prices). The Star may survive in some sort of awful online presence, and may even put out a limited print schedule, but its future is pretty grim.

No great loss. I only recently discovered this blog (I'm not a KC resident) and by leaps and bounds it offers much more real news than the Star; it's pretty damned amusing to boot.

Anonymous said...

What really needs to go are the people dumb enough to still be reading that shit rag.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry, folks! These three poor writers can always just head south to UMKC like so many of their colleagues have done, and get hired on in the PR and Publicity Divisions of UMKC's Administration, where they won't have to do any work, and their only worries will involve which little incestuous "Clique" to hook up with.

PARTY HEARTY, EX-STAR DRONES, "Eat, Drink and be Merry, for tomorrow we'll be Fat, Drunk and Useless"!

Anonymous said...

Their implosion can't happen soon enough.

Anonymous said...

^^^Moron trap is full. Here's a clue: Only pants-shitting geezers still read the paper. Everyone with half a brain has already moved on and we don't care! Only you goons with no lives and nothing of any accomplishment, comment about this. News flash dummies: NEWSPAPERS HAVE BEEN OVER FOR OVER A DECADE NOW!!!! Are you just waking up to this???

My butt hurts said...

The Star would be a good newspaper, if it was like Britebart or Fox. Lib's ruin everything.

Anonymous said...

I spent a few decades freelancing for papers and mags all over the country

and you can't spell McClatchy.

Anonymous said...

Not the pants shitting geezers!

You know what I'm going to say. I know you hate it. But it has to be said.

Andy Griffith fucked your girlfriend again at bingo night. He also pooped all over her. Loudly and copiously.

And she dug it. So much that she wants it all the time now.

And everyone knows about it.

Even Opie. Especially Opie.

Sorry, dude.

Anonymous said...

12:47 go back to bed, your a grumpy bastard when you wake before 2:00

Anonymous said...

I know it's hard to adjust to the new reality of things. Andy says he'll treat her right.

And covered in warm poop. You like poop and old people, though, so it shouldn't be a problem. Right?

Anonymous said...

I currently have my Star renewal sitting on my desk. Since about the Mizzou protests, with their breathless editorials praising everything about the progressive left, excoriating everything resembling tradition, I'm done with em. If I need the comics, I'll by a paper from a machine. If they do a big multi-part article (like on the boilermakers a couple years back), I'll buy from a store. But with nearly the full content focusing on progressive ideals and wants, nothing in that paper aligns with my conservative notions. And the scant local news feels like a side-thought.