Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Decline and (Possible) Fall of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph

I'll preface this post by letting you know I worked for the newspaper in question for nine years. When I left in 2007, it was on good terms and I'm still friends with many people there.

That said, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph has become a mediocre shell of its former self, for a variety of reasons. It saddens me because I remember how things were just a few years ago. So, what happened? There's a laundry list of things, and not all of it has to do with the management of the paper itself. The finger of blame can also be pointed at the owners of the publication.

In 2000, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. purchased the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from Canada-based Thomson news. CNHI has a less than stellar reputation in the industry. In essence a moneymaking venture funded by retired Alabama education professionals, their speciality is buying small local papers and squeezing them for maximum profit, while cutting staff and investing as little as possible in facilities, equipment and software.