Patch Poll: Where Do You Get Your News?

Patch asks the question on the heels of news that more than 500 employees of newspapers around the state will be out of jobs in January.

Booth Newspapers confirmed last week that more than 500 layoff notices have been issued to employees at six newspapers in Michigan as the company prints fewer papers and its owners plan a greater online focus. It was a harsh blow to those facing job loss and those who still prefer newspapers to get their news. The changes, according to a report Friday on MLive, "involve the launch of two new companies and both are hiring: MLive Media Group and Advanced Central Services Michigan."

Which begs the question: Do you read newspapers anymore? How DO you get your news and information?

Answer our poll, then add your thoughts.

Lianne Mathie November 23, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Thank you Nancy, I was one of the first to chime in and say I was getting the news for digital and print.Your comments are appreciated by myself and I feel that the Patch editors are truly involved with the community. Sadly, the printed word is going by the wayside, With that, we lose the jobs of printers, myself being one.You are not a former editor but a new kind of editor. I appreciate your response and from this exchange, can understand your question. This has been informative.I hope the Patch becomes a vehicle to the community as the local papers have not been able to sustain themselves in this rapidly changing information/ advertising, addicted world. I send a thanks to you and Leslie at the Berkley Patch. I have enjoyed watching this online community dialog develop and grow.
Fire in the Belly November 23, 2011 at 10:05 AM
My suggestion is in an effort to make the Patch credible and a trusted resource: Don't do what The Oakland Press did, letting advertisers and politics sway content and stifle discussion and debate. That paper pretty much become worthless to most Rochester Hills readers. When editorializing, label it so. When doing a story, due a balanced story. Don't let nasty bloggers engage in character assassination. If The Patch is collecting data on bloggers and readers, than say it it up front and what the the data will be used for. Then readers can decide if they want to participate. The Patch must be unbiased in their reporting to gain and retain the trust of the community. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Leslie Ellis November 23, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Hey, Lianne! Thanks for being a leader in this discussion - I'm sure you voiced what some others were wondering! I, like Nancy, am a former newspaper editor AND, as you pointed out, also a new kind of editor! As a graphic artist, you naturally have an understanding of the kinds of changes our industries are going through and it's encouraging to see you embrace this new platform. Thanks for supporting Berkley Patch (and Patch in general)! Because it's a social form of media, we couldn't do it without you! Have a great Thanksgiving!
Lianne Mathie November 24, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Thanks Leslie, I'll keep reading what you keep typing.:)
nickpesas March 03, 2012 at 11:47 PM
You should check out http://beepreport.com/. It aggregates multiple sources for the same story. Its a news feed type format and has a picture and quick summary but links out to multiple sites for the same story. A story on Obama's relation with Iran might link out to NYT, WSJ, and the BBC for example.


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