By Jim Bowman
-- As reported by Illinois Press Assn., https://www.illinoispress.org/Home/tabid/105/ArticleID/1638/Wednesday-Journal-publications-taking-leap-into-nonprofit-model.aspx --
"Oak Park would not be the same place if the Wednesday Journal had not been here the past 40 years."
Had never asked myself that question, an interesting one.
In any case, the issue is joined.
"To most people in our situation, I would say face the reality that our model is broken," [Haley] said. "There was a process I went through of saying, 'It's not your fault, Dan. The world changed around you, and now you have to adapt to it.
"Accept the reality, have faith in your community that they will see the value in the work you've done over time. … You have a foundation of readership and advertisers, you are in great shape. Be proud of the asset that has been built, and take that asset in a new way."
That's sales talk, and where would we be without it? So?
In fact, Haley plans on continuing to build on that asset by sharpening the focus of coverage on the "normalcy" of life in the seven communities his papers serve.
Hmm. Newspaper of record for the market community? Bulletin board? Advocacy? More of one, less of the other? Maybe especially less opinion stuff. The heavy hand can get pretty heavy sometimes.
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