Friday, October 18, 2019
REARRANGING DECK CHAIRS ON THE TITANIC: KANSAS CITY STAR ANNOUNCES NEW PREZ MIKE FANNIN!!!
Amid the ongoing decline of print media a new boss promoted to manage KC's paper is actually a great call if only because THE DECISION WILL INCENSE ALL OF THE FORMER LOCAL NEWSIES HE FIRED AND RETIRED!!!
For those with or without access beyond the paywall:
Editor Mike Fannin named president of The Kansas City Star
Fannin will lead The Star’s overall operations while continuing to oversee a newsroom that has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist the last two years.
“Mike Fannin is among the most talented editors in America today, and he leads one of the country’s greatest newsrooms,” said Craig Forman, president and CEO of McClatchy, which owns The Star. “I’m delighted that he’s now able to expand his influence both at The Star and also with the community that he loves.”
Meanwhile, we're looking forward to the online ravings agonizing over this move from a senior citizen trust fund baby and a retired and still pretty good metro reporter on this topic . . . But, again, rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic isn't going to change the course of history.
TKC has only one brief interaction with the dude that was pleasant . . . I was standing next to one of the newer reporters when he offered the guy a job and realized KC is both a big city and still a small town in many respects.
However, behind the scenes Mr. Fannin's feisty demeanor is the stuff of local legend and that makes him the perfect guy to guide the newspaper as they transition to non-profit status whilst denying the demise of print media all the way down.
Fact is, subscriptions and circulation are still TANKING but more importantly the RELEVANCE of the newspaper has suffered. They're no longer the final word in civic politics and their op/eds don't make or break political careers.
To put it in terms that local print media hobbyists can understand:
The Star is now The Pitch and The Pitch is basically the PennySaver newsletter.
And so we solider on with social media gossip dominating the discourse and keyboard pundits blaming tech and not the abysmal voting habits of the American public for the downward spiral of a once great American city.
Developing . . .