“Like everyone on the staff I was saddened to learn that our circulation figures were inflated under [former Sun-Times publisher David] Radler,” writes Roger Ebert. Radler shut down the building’s escalators to save money on electricity and maintenance, he says. “Who would have thought such a penny-pincher might possibly be pinching millions for his own pockets? …We have been freed from the greed of our former masters. Freed to make the best paper we can. If the Sun-Times survived Murdoch, Page, Radler and Black, think what we can do without them.”
> S-T, TribCo disclosures spark concern re reliability of circ numbers (WSJ)
> Analyst on circ scandal: “The question is how bad it is” (Chicago Trib)
National networks told the country what was happening in Florida, but it was local journalism that informed those in the storm’s path.
We are in a build-destroy-rebuild-destroy cycle, and there will be a day — maybe this is it — when we should rethink how and when we rebuild.
Plus a look at national coverage, and how one local broadcaster rescued a woman stranded in her car by high water
Plus, it's time for broadcasters to come in out of the hurricanes, and a collection of heroics from our journalistic colleagues