Steve Cavendish, who just left City Paper for Scene, begs Gannett to sell The (Nashville) Tennessean, where he says “cuts have so destroyed morale” that people who haven’t been laid off are quitting.

Sell the paper to someone else. Sell it to someone who will take a longer view than three months. Sell it to someone who recognizes that innovations are going to have to come faster than updating your website every five years, or be better than handing iPhones to your staff and telling them to shoot video, or be less insulting than “webcasts” with production values so low they look like an SNL sketch.

Steve Cavendish, Nashville Scene

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  • Jim_Michalowski

    Steve: I think you do a disservice to SNL. It has high production values and to think otherwise or compare it to something out of the Gannett property is an insult to Lorne Michaels’ crew.

  • BrotherMatthias

    “The problem is compounded because buyers aren’t out there anymore for newspapers”

    I guess you aren’t reading the news about the Post and the Globe.

  • BrotherMatthias

    Amen. Gannett publishers and corporate leaders are ruining their cities’ papers and shedding talent.

    I have no idea why Gannett is still in the newspaper business. Sell the papers while they still have value, keep your TV stations and USA Today, and stop making the rest of us miserable.

  • Allen Klosowski

    I think this is the sentiment being felt in every formerly capable metro newspaper right now that is shackled by large corporate ownership. The problem is compounded because buyers aren’t out there anymore for newspapers, and the ones that are left are looking to use a newspaper for either personal gain or because they want the property. When it comes to digital, newspapers are a bit like a go-kart in a NASCAR race. They’ve spent so long ignoring their digital infrastructure, and have gotten so hopelessly behind in both digital audiences and revenues, that the future is surely a scary place for those left inside the newsrooms that truly wish to survive, let alone win the race.