Friday, Dec. 8, 2006: The scratchings on the wall...

Dateline: Sat 30 Jun 2007

Happy anniversary to me. Last June 30, a year ago today, I took early "retirement" and left the Star. The past 12 months have been filled with many blessings but also much sadness for what was and is. I still dream about the Star. Funny, it's always about unresolved issues: trying to make a deadline, usually. Trying to finish up and do a good job. Trying to fit in where it's no longer possible. I left a newsroom; they now call it an information center.

In cleaning out old email tonight, I ran across something that was sent to me in December of 2006, an email originally sent out by Dennis Ryerson to the staff. There's nothing terribly unusual in it, but it does show the downward direction the paper is going under this very odd and gutless Gannett leadership.

Here it is. Read it, and have a drink:

"We also had a very good day yesterday in terms of postings on our

website. (We're down some today). You may think an item is a small deal.

Some of our web users may think so too. The latter included some crabs who talked back to yesterday's posting of a new bakery/restaurant downtown.

"But they later were sharply scolded by a downtown worker who pointed out that she is very, very interested in lower-cost dining downtown, and that the story was important news for her.

"(MONEY QUOTE:)

"We all get press releases, and we all are tempted to think, ahhh, not much news here. But it is news to somebody.

"Take a couple of moments, please, to get a couple of sentences

of the information online. The more postings, the more traffic we

generate. And remember that we are in a competitive business, requiring us

to move fast to ensure we don't get trumped by another source."

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