Posts Tagged 'Des Moines Register'

Unhappy with lack of cycling news? Do something about it

The Des Moines Register reported on Gary Fisher’s visit to a West Des Moines bike shop while he was in Iowa for the Iowa Bicycle Summit.

A couple of commenters quickly took the DMR to task for not covering the summit itself.

While I’d like to see more in the news about cycling, of course, I’d like to challenge these folks to quit their anonymous whining and do some reporting themselves.

  • Add your comments to this blog right here, or make your own blog. It isn’t rocket science.
  • If you were at the bike summit, tell us about it.
  • If you weren’t, find someone who was and ask them to write about it.

Don’t count on the mainstream media to give you the news. The newspapers that aren’t bleeding out or already pronounced dead are trying desperately to figure out how to save themselves. If they don’t see the payoff, they’re not going to spend the money. Television news? Let’s just say they have obviously limited resources, too.

I was hoping to find some coverage here in C.R. the other day about a report that our local Bicycle Advisory Committee was to make to the city council. Nada so far. (If there was some, please let me know. I emailed bicycle coordinator Ron Griffith to ask if he can share what he told the council. I’ll pass along whatever I get.)

You can whine about how little attention cycling gets in the media, or you can make a difference yourself.

Put up. And use your real name.

Just stop it with the whining already.

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Breakfast factor helping newspapers avoid final throes?

As a J-school grad, former reporter, onetime paper boy for the Des Moines Register and son-in-law of a retired newsprint salesman, I like to keep an eye on what’s going on in the world of newspapers.

It certainly isn’t pretty, and it gets more not pretty every day.

Ken Doctor reports on the latest losses in print circulation today in Content Bridges and surmises that “maybe we can blame a little-bitty part of today’s announced swoon on broadcasters.” He says ABC News is dropping print subscriptions and directing staff to get their own news online.

Mrs. Smith (a former reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette) and I have spoken often of doing the same thing, but we haven’t been able to get past the breakfast factor. It just doesn’t seem like breakfast if we don’t have the newspaper to read while we eat our fiber and oatmeal.

I suppose that dates us, as newspapers no doubt are less important to our 20-something children, but it is what it is.

We also have a habit of doing the crossword puzzle (the Mrs.) and the Sudoku (me) in the evening with the TV on. I’ve tried both online. Still prefer paper.

Makes me wonder if someday we’ll be the last remaining print readers and someday the newspaper will quit on us instead of vice versa.

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