Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tracy Press makes the nightly news

Rich Ibarra — he of the Channel 3 roving news team — just stopped by to interview someone at the Tracy Press about its shift to once-a-week publication. That someone just happened to be me.

If you're interested, I'll be on one of their afternoon or evening newscasts, at 5, 6 or 6:30 p.m.

We talked about the challenges facing newspapers and the Press in particular, specifically declining revenue, competition from the Internet and TV news, and just a seeming decline in citizenship interest in general.

Ibarra also shared about some of the changes in the TV news business since he began working at Channel 3 — which just happened to be 30 years ago today. (Quite the accomplishment in this business, by the way.)

He and his cameraman are a two-man crew basically tasked with covering everything south of the San Joaquin-Sacramento county line. So times are tough all around, not just for your local paper.

1 comment:

Mike McLellan, D. Min. said...

Jon:
You did a great job on that interview. We all think that if newspapers do go the way of the Pony Express, you have a place in broadcasting. Let's just bank on the resurrection of the printed page.