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January 26, 2009 9:38 PM

Super Bowl non-Media Day

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A Media Day without the Media
OK, so the Super Bowl media day is usually pretty frivolous, but just imagine life without it. Imagine life without stories, columns, photos and, yes, cartoons about the Broncos big win in Super Bowl XXXII. Or no coverage of the Avs winning the Stanley Cup. Or the Rockies in the World Series. Sure, you'll read it on a website. If newspapers don't survive there's a very good chance the local newspaper website goes down with it. What then? That's a future without newspapers. Without the comics section. Without your favorite columnist. Without game stories and box scores. Without any mention of local high school sports. Imagine life without those ads in the paper that tell you about this great sale at your favorite store that you don't want to miss. So here's a cartoon, food for thought.



Discussion

  • January 26, 2009

    11:17 PM

    Bobbi writes:

    I enjoy getting the paper, but the downfall of paper doesn't mean everything disappears. I can read about stuff on Web sites other than newspapers (ESPN, CSBSportsline, SI, CNN, FOXNews, etc.). Most stores have Web sites, as do cartoons, high schools and the like. Here's hoping newspapers continue, but if they don't we will all survive.

  • January 27, 2009

    6:16 AM

    Stan writes:

    Poor Drew, "slowly going the way of the buffalo".

  • January 27, 2009

    7:49 AM

    live4today writes:

    Drew, you speak like a person that has been around for over 100 years. All of the items that you mentioned can be put on the Web. You can read them on your computer, your phone and I wouldn't doubt that you will be able to read them on your watch someday. One day after a news paper is printed it is outdated. You can only update them by using more paper. A Web site can be updated daily so it is never outdated. It's time to think about our environment and forget about that paper you buy and throw away after one reading.

  • January 27, 2009

    8:03 AM

    Jeremy writes:

    Drew,
    My warmest regards to you and may many blessings come your way. That being said, BUCK UP. "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." (Swindoll). Precious Drew, examine your 90%.
    Your toons, usually uplifting, have become a pit of negativity. Your comments, usually inspiring and full of life and the realization of the blessings you have been given to stifle the loss you have faced, have become barbs of venom directed at those who have not wronged you.
    Snap out of it man! Your readers love you. Get the 90% straightened out and the other 10% will take care of itself.
    ~Jeremy

  • January 27, 2009

    8:15 AM

    BFJ writes:

    Drew can now add 'clueless' to his titles, along with 'stupid', 'mean', and 'Denver-hating'. The public's demand for news will/has merely gone to new venues. There are at least 10 blogs or websites that do a better job of covering the NFL than SI. I'll miss the good ol' RMN, but you and Lincicome can have a good riddance parade on your way out of town. I hear Philadelphia media loves to hate their own teams. Maybe you should try Gaza.

  • January 27, 2009

    9:53 AM

    Drew writes:

    Thanks for the comments. Good discussion. I think the things that concern me most about the demise of newspapers are more based on economics as well as the sense of community and protection from corruption that can run rampant without a news media to keep it in check. No matter your feelings about Watergate it was vital to our democracy that reporters had the jobs, knowledge, respect, and connections to dig deep within their sources to reveal the truth. The business model to support a LOCAL website that employs enough reporters and staff members to cover all that needs to be covered in a city the size of has yet to materialize. In other words, the things you need to know on a local basis won't necessarily make it on to the web. And with the fragmentation of the internet it leaves little room for the feeling of a local community. That's not to say that something in the future that can replace the newspaper model on the web won't materialize. But there has to be enough financial resources to make it happen.

  • January 27, 2009

    10:11 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    We get it Drew.

    The Rocky is in trouble.
    Your position as a cartoonist for the Rocky is in trouble.

    Face it. Paper publications are already more less extinct. More than 70 percent of the world's population that reads news, reads it online.

    Have you considered getting a real job?

  • January 27, 2009

    10:18 AM

    Pherd Marcos writes:

    I used to live in Denver and Durango.

    When I moved to a smaller town in another state, 30 years ago, the wife and I had a subscription to both the morning and afternoon paper. Then the afternoon paper bit the dust. Now the sole paper is shrinking and shrinking and cutting out news and adding fluff. Hell even the TV guide is a waste now, shows me what's on cable except I use a satellite service. It's getting harder and harder to justify my yearly subscription.

    About the only reason I read it anymore is for the editorials, local news and comics. And I'm looking into getting the comics via email. I read Reuters and BBC for news, plus another place for sports.

    So what's the function of a newspaper?

  • January 27, 2009

    11:50 AM

    seth writes:

    I can't picture my day without newspapers. I have collected every single important paper cover over the past ten or so years. I have all the championships won/lost. I have Obama's election, and i have 9-11. Newspapers are timeless. Without newspapers, how can you preserve history? Websites will put yesterday's news into their archives and then charge you to read it. If newspapers go the way of the internet then so does history......On another note, I would much rather get my information from local people who know whats going on. As much as i read ESPN, or other national sources, i would rather read Tracy Ringolsby, or B.G Brooks. They are much closer to the information that i want to know then a Peter Gammons, or Kirk Herbstreit.

  • January 27, 2009

    12:35 PM

    Drew writes:

    Good comments Seth. By the way, this isn't about me keeping or losing my job. This is bigger than that. This is about the what the world would look like without newspapers, without people who can cover the news with skill and some form of ethical background (ie; trustworthy). I still have a concept for a cartoon about what Seth is talking about. It shows some guy looking at a laptop hanging on the wall announcing Obama's inauguration. The guy who is looking at it says "it's just not the same as a commemorative newspaper" and his wife replies "yeah, especially once they refresh the page".

  • January 27, 2009

    2:23 PM

    Jacob writes:

    There will always be a market for local news Drew. Even if it may not come in the form of newspapers surely there will always be a medium where everyone can stay informed on the events going around them. There will always be a use for local journalists, that will never change, how they get their message to the people will though.

  • January 27, 2009

    6:17 PM

    Jim writes:

    Anonymous,
    If you have a talent & get paid because you are exceptional at it, you have a "real job". You should consider getting a "real life"

  • January 27, 2009

    7:14 PM

    KCBH writes:

    I will buy the newspaper everyday until they quit printing it.

    I got your back drew.

    kcbh

  • January 27, 2009

    8:24 PM

    Harry Thomas writes:

    A lot of people seem to blame the MSM (mainstream media) and the Web for the downfall of newspapers. For the most part, that isn't the case.

    The problem is the economy. The two biggest advertisers in any paper are the car dealerships and real estate. As we all know, both have taken a fearful beating in the past few years, especially in the last year.

    Circulation doesn't pay the bills for papers. Advertising does. Yes, sites like Craigslist are chipping away at the classified section. But the big advertisers are cutting back or eliminating their budgets for print advertising because they can't afford it.

    Journalists are grateful for the Internet because it gives them an additional forum for their work. It's also the greatest research tool ever invented. It does have some impact, mostly perceptual, on newspapers and their ability to survive. But it's not the reason newspapers are dying.

    I work for the San Antonio Express-News; and we just had a round of buyouts and layoffs. We're shrinking our news hole (newspaper term for how much news we print) by eliminating a lot of things that people now go to the Web for. That's just business. So are the buyouts/layoffs. We don't like it anymore than anyone in the "real world" does.

    Just like people in the real world, we have bills and mortgages to pay; kids to educate; obligations to meet. And most of us are lucky to have middle-class salaries (a term that doesn't mean that much anymore). We're not all pulling down millions of dollars (or even hundreds of thousands) because we can go into a TV studio and pronounce "Dien Bien Phu" correctly. (Dan Jenkins joke - look it up)

    For those of you who think journalists don't have a "real life," imagine how your life would be if you only have one source to tell you everything? I know, some of you have that by choice. But isn't it nice to be able to make that choice?

  • January 28, 2009

    7:40 AM

    Anonymous writes:

    The reason why a lot of people have financial problems is because they have made bad decisions. People were out there for years buying crap like Playstations, HD-Televisions, video games, Hummers, and getting elective surgeries that they didn't need.
    It's these same people who made their own bad decisions that are now asking the rest of us to bail them out.
    No thanks. You make your bed, you lie in it. I have zero sympathy for people who crap up their own lives. I am not here to save you.

    It's life kicking you in the tail for screwing up. Deal with it.

  • February 9, 2009

    5:32 PM

    Jersey writes:

    If the projections as to the fate of the RMN materializes as for the forecast I would like to say I've enjoyed your wor immensley and wish you the best of luck. I've been living here for over 28 years and I consider you to be the creme de la creme as to what you do in comparison to my many previous residences. Now as to your cartoon depicting the SB media day coverage I would welcome the absence. With each passing year I've thought I've heard the most asinine and ridiculous question only to be surpassed the following year. I can see why some players refuse to be interviewed. My all time classic was the Redskins QB Doug Williams who was facing the locals in being the first African American at the position in the SB being asked, "How long have you been a Black QB"? Rich beyond belief! If it were me I would have said, oh about a year or so. Prior to that I was White! Best of luck to you and the paper!

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