Today the Northeast News offers Kansas City a stunning glimpse at the future of neighborhood reporting.
To wit . . .
THE BLANK FRONT PAGE OF NORTHEAST NEWS WARNS KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS THAT NEIGHBORHOOD JOURNALISM IS QUICKLY VANISHING!!!
Social media isn't picking up the slack and hyper-partisan blogs aren't interested in any topic they can't spin for talking points to keep donors armed with political fodder.
Here's the reasoning behind today's front page protest that we believe will be a part of Kansas City's history . . .
"Given the state of local community news in America, we wanted to send the message of what a Community would be like devoid of any community news.
News like fish frys and neighborhood clean up events.
So, to that end, we won't be covering anything in order to send that message on how much a locally owned and produced community journalism outlet improves the quality of life in that community, wherever that community might be located."
Check further explanation . . .
Publisher Michael Bushnell: The Walmart-ing of Community News is why locally owned community newspapers are struggling.
That's a PERFECT analogy and the scenario seems tragically familiar.
Even better, this column reports the situation in no uncertain terms . . .
Here's the money line that really matters . . .
"The truth is, we have a 60 day lifespan if something doesn’t change. The Northeast News is produced every week on a shoestring budget. We’ve been desperate before. Many will remember in 2017 when we thought our doors would close. Since then, we’ve done everything in our power to continue our mission of providing community centered news to the Northeast."
Accordingly . . .
We hope TKC readers take a good look at the situation confronting Northeast News because their proud history shouldn't be casually dismissed. Without the community newspaper there is no tested, reliable and objective way to advocate for the issues & concerns of Kansas City's neighborhoods.
The blank page should warn locals that social media tech, economic reality and political gamesmanship conspire so that almost every story which doesn't serve their interests, slowly vanishes.
Developing . . .