I’d say the future is pretty bleak in the 80 or so places served by Gannett daily newspapers, if the corporate memo you can read here gets translated down to the local level. It seems top executives convened a three-day summit last week (live-streamed to lesser managers all over the world) on “content.” That’s the euphemism for the stuff you put in newspapers and websites and on broadcast signals in hopes readers or viewers will tune in.
Question one at the summit:
What is the future of content at Gannett?
The better question, of course, is what is the future of newspapers without content. Already, we are seeing the answers.
(Before anyone asks: I’ve said before and I’ll say again that it’s just as well Gannett didn’t win the Little Rock newspaper war.)