A little bird

Dateline: Tue 03 Mar 2015

told me that the Star's daily circulation is down to 97,000 or so.

We used to run 200,000 daily, 400,000 Sunday.

Those days are long gone.

You know the Star is screwed when a former veteran reporter takes a young colleague (an associate at her current job) to meet the players at the Indy Star. It was all part of making contacts.

Instead of being wowed by the journalists working at the newspaper, or even having dialogue with them, or a freaking conversation, the ex-reporter and her young friend listened to executive editor Jeff Taylor pontificate about "monetizing our digital hits" with a gleam in his eye.

To say that he monopolized the conversation with his world-view is exactly correct.

To say that his world view is wrong leads us back to the increasingly dismal circulation.

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Comments

Jen O'dell [unverified] said:

I just cancelled the Star for the third and final time. I will admit I liked getting the newspaper the old fashioned way...on paper. My issue was with the delivery of the paper. Each and every time I was assured that my paper would not be thrown at the bottom of the driveway where the water pools. And every time I felt more foolish, like a naive kid. I was promised a yellow box to put on my mailbox,promised it would be on the front porch. Alas nothing changed, same old song and dance and nothing changed. I feel sad, I liked supporting the paper.

2015-03-03 11:56:44

escapedbeforebeinggannetized [unverified] said:

I can remember when the circ. for daiy was 237,000 and 420,000 on Sundays - that was its peak in the early to mid 90's.
The Star had an opportunity to focus on local news, features and the diverse neighborhoods of Indy in the late 90's and they never had the leadership to run with it. That could have been their diamond. They chose to have no direction, floundered after the $$ and in the end were nothing more than reactive to a myriad of issues - too numerous to mention here.

2015-03-04 21:18:03

hendy [Member] said:

The nails in the coffins are almost finished. For the record, being Gannettized is a fatal disease, a malaise of sickness, fealty to advertisers, a walk down the stairs to value-less, tawdry death.

But Shhhh! Don't tell that to them; they are as full of themselves as the pols they cover, the madness they spread, and the disservice to the community they crave. I'm sad for the few that want to do the job of actual journalism, still remaining there, as the gauntness of debilitating sales department sicknesses drive them to their inevitable corporate demise.

2015-03-05 08:34:50

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