Buffalo News editor is Waiting for Godot
by Jamie Moses - posted 10:35 am, July 25, 2010
In Sunday’s Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan took a departure from her usual task of writing about what a fine daily paper she publishes to instead write a book review about Dave Kindred’s cumbersomely titled new book “Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post, A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life.” The book sounds interesting enough, but you can be sure with a title like that Margaret read it eagerly hoping to find some ideas to solve the problem of the steadily sinking ship she captains.
Like a lot of daily paper news junkies I still love the Washington Post and the New York Times. But Sullivan is looking for love in all the wrong places. The Buffalo market and the still sizable, albeit severely shrunken, profits at the Buffalo News offer an opportunity for reinvention not enjoyed by any other newspaper in the country, an opportunity for bold experimentation. Instead of fighting mightily to retain shareholder profits for Warren Buffet’s Bershire Hathaway investors by cutting and cutting to produce the same thing with less money, a sure path to extinction, the Buffalo News should take the opportunity to change before that chance is lost forever. I want the Buffalo News. If people, for whatever reason, think losing the Bills would be a terrible thing (highly debatable), losing the Buffalo News would be a thousand times worse.