Dallas News Publisher Denies Report That in Three Years, Paper Won't Print Every Day

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Earlier today, an item appeared on The Poynter Institute's website in which Mark Medici, vice president of audience for The Dallas Morning News, is quoted as saying that within the next three years, "we won't have a seven-day paper." Medici allegedly delivered that shocking bit of news during a conference in Chicago yesterday. Earlier today, I asked Jim Moroney, the paper's publisher, to address that account. Moments ago, he sent the following statement:
We have had many calls today about a statement attributed to Mark Medici that we would not be publishing a print edition of The Dallas Morning News every day of the week within three years. We spoke to Mark, who did not recall making any such statement. Whether a misstatement or a misunderstanding, what we do know is that we have never come to a conclusion that we would be discontinuing seven days of the printed edition of The Dallas Morning News. So, while this was a fascinating statement for a lot of people to read, it inaccurately describes the belief we have as a team about the durability of the seven day print model. We hope this puts to rest any questions on this issue.

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None
None

We all need to get those colorful rubber bracelets that the kiddos wear, and have a new slogan on them: "WWTES?" (What Would Tanya Eiserer Say?)

Rooster
Rooster

I realize I'm old school, but man, I love getting my daily DMN.  It just makes a cup of coffee taste better in my world....

Dane45v
Dane45v

Deny, deny, deny, and it will go away someday.

Like Quick.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

this statement that bob made "These comments sadly illustrate our continuing slide towards an uninformed, ignorant populace which cannot make good choices because the people do not have good information upon which to base those choices."  is absolutely hilarious.  How can someone make a good choice if the newspaper they read lies to them.  Mr Shutze has proven time and again the DMN lied, LIED straight to all of its reader faces about the Trinity tollway when it had the true information in hand.  Fuck that paper,  a newspaper is only a newpaper when it reports the news, not makes up the news. Its a tabloid for its editorials and reprinted AP stories

CueCat
CueCat

What about me!!!!

Bob
Bob

These comments sadly illustrate our continuing slide towards an uninformed, ignorant populace which cannot make good choices because the people do not have good information upon which to base those choices. In the 20th Century America created incredible sources of public information through newspapers, magazines, radio, and television journalists, which made us most likely the best informed citizens ever.  Not that we always made good choices, but at least we had easy access to numerous news outlets that aspired to some degree of objectivity.

And now we have entertainment, gossip, scandal, and fashion--nothing wrong with any of that, except for the fact that they have destroyed the journalistic standards of the last century.  Journalists don't do what journalists used to do because their employers have chosen another route to success.  And we all suffer because of that choice.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

I rarely read the DMN anymore, as its more or less a relic of an era in this town noone cares about anymore...

Montemalone
Montemalone

What he meant to say was that they would continue to print news that is 7 days old.

S. Krew D'Minyon
S. Krew D'Minyon

"Uh, what happened was we began to get some calls from our board and our non-family stockholders and a ratings office and, well, we're looking a re-designing our Vice Presidency of Audience to have a title that more accurately reflects its mission, the Vice Presidency of Mimes & Clowns." -- unnamed company source.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

No one in my circle of friends (it is more than two believe it or not) takes or reads the DMN. 

I rarely see anyone reading it.  It is not needed as you can find great coupons elsewhrere. 

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

"Sorry, but Mark's comments are behind the paywall.  Please sign in using your username and password to see his comments in their entirety."

lorlee
lorlee

Actually isn't the concept making a resurgance -- only now you do it with your smart phone.

Howard
Howard

It's interesting in hindsight how CueCat was the precursor to QR Codes -- and still nobody bothers to snap pix of those square bar codes with their smartphone cameras.

Catbird
Catbird

pretty funny and too bad for DMN, lots of quality folks there over the years that I still miss but we are living in the world of instant communication and "blink" decision making.

you can thank clinton/gore for inventing the internet and the telecom act of 1996...

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Dumb idea then. Dumb idea now.

But I've still got you in a closet somewhere wrapped up in the same bubble-wrapped envelope you came in one Sunday I think...yeah, wrapped up like a burrito similarly delivered like the many trial boxes of Cheerios, AXE hair gel and whatever else advertisers dearly pay to be included with my daily dose of news.

Yvonnecr
Yvonnecr

I agree with this.. I just have to read the paper each day and have it in my hand.  I like online for large type but nothing beats have a "real" paper in your hand.. IN MY OPINION!I take 3 papers and read them all.  don't want to be at a table with people and know know what they are talking about.  like the woman Brandi on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (yes, I watch it in the middle of the night) didn't know who WINSTON CHURCHILL was! AND  worse... wasn't embarrassed... and a bit combative about it.  OMGoodness... !

Guest
Guest

Well, let's see. If you wanted to know that the NTTA was admitting that they didn't have the money to pay for the Trinity Toll Road, you could wait until after the toll road election for the Dallas Morning News to finally publish that bit of information that they'd been sitting on, or you could've found it in a pre-Observer Sam Merten story on one of those Internet-thingies that obviously can't do as good of a job as a newspaper.

Hell, the Trinity Toll Road stories were a bastion of cheerleading taking the place of reporting in the DMN. It certainly wasn't the Morning News reporting that the toll road supporters were lying about the width of the road. It was a TV reporter with a tape measure who did that, for example.

And I'm a newspaper kind of guy. I've worked in the daily newspaper business, but we all became worse off when the DMN decided they had an agenda that trumped the public's "right to know"

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Well said.

Some posts here seem to believe that newspaper content is available online and they can go and do a search to find out what is happening.

While that may be true, I challenge anyone who says they get all their news online to really be able to explain the context and perspective of the stories they read. There is no way you can look up ALL the stories that are provided in a neat package like the morning paper. That is why I have never understood how someone says they get all their news online. How do you know what to look up? Do you go to every single website and click through multiple page views to find out about international stories? How could you possibly?

The answer is you cannot. Pressed for more information, most people will simply tell you they don't read most of the stories in the paper because they're not interested...don't have the attention span to sit down and read in the morning with a cup of coffee...or frankly don't have a world view or the intellectual curiosity to sustain them through the pages.

I am shocked at the response I get from people when I say to them: "In this morning's paper I read about...." They'll stare at me dumbfounded because they didn't know what I just said and then will say..."I don't take the paper."

This is the problem that our celebrity-driven, narcissistic, 24/7 cable news cycle has produced.

You must consider your news diet...simply that. There is a place for desert and that is at the end of the meal. Well rounded individuals need a daily newspaper like the DMN, you need a dose of NPR, you need a dose of the Observer and Unfair Park, you need local TV and you need your favorite cable TV news.

Viewing the world from one prism and one prism only makes yours a very uninformed and intellectually shallow view.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

You lose all the way for not reading.

This town will not be well served by the absence of a seven day product at the DMN.

Stupidity breeds quickly. We will all be a lot "stupider" when all we have left to do is glare at screens.

Call me a Luddite if you will...but there are plenty who care plenty about newspapers and in particular the inner-doings of our city as chronicled by The Dallas Morning News. 

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

Ive bought quite a few in the past year.

Mavs beat Lakers.Mavs beat ThunderMavs beat HeatRangers beat RaysRangers beat YankeesRangers beat Tigers

If the DMN had an historic local sporting victory to report every morning, I'd consider subscribing.

As is i'll settle for using the log-ins from family members to bypass the paywall on my iPad.

Bob
Bob

So what news sources do you and your circle use?  As  a lifelong reader of local daily newspapers, I would like to know what alternate resources exist to replace the traditional local daily in Dallas.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

First, who takes the DMN for it's coupons?

Second, you should be ashamed to admit what you just have...maybe you miss Quick.

Third, the newspaper is the foundation of the fourth estate and has allowed for this blog and other media innovations so we can all blather on about...the death of the newspaper which is still very much alive if you'd care to read it.

Ed D.
Ed D.

QR codes are somewhat useful because 1) you don't need a special gizmo hooked up to your desktop and 2) since anybody can generate them they can be used for more than just advertising and data mining.  CueCat failed because it was a lot of hassle for no benefit to the user.

Guest
Guest

I'm going to bet that Winston Churchill doesn't get a whole lot of attention in the pages of the daily DMN on most days, either.

Besides, we all know that England's greatest Prime Minister was Pitt the Elder.

Abner Oldster
Abner Oldster

where can I find an alternative crossword puzzle

Bob
Bob

Sounds like you WERE a newspaper kind of guy who has a beef about the Dallas Morning News.  Here's a flash for you:  everyone who cares about journalism and news has a beef with the DMN.  And here's another flash:  newspapers have always had an agenda. I also have worked in the newspaper business, and I could give you several pages worth of evidence of their faults.  The point is not how awful the DMN is; the point is that there is no other news delivery vehicle that does what it does.

If you think the DMN is bad, try to find anything remotely as good on television--especiallly local stations.  Our last hope, Channel 8, went off the rails some years back, leaving us with Family First crap and weather and sports clowns masquerading as the evening news.

And while you are perusing your "alternative" news sources, notice how often they refer back to content from the Dallas Morning News. If the DMN goes away, the primary source for all these other folks goes away with them, as well.  Then, all that we will have is the world of the internet blog, where we can all yell at each other in ignorant bliss.

OakParkStudio
OakParkStudio

Again, Suburban Idiot, its about your media diet.

Yeah, I love me a good steak too...but I'm well aware I need to eat other things to make me a healthy boy...so I supplement my diet.

Agreed, The Observer was way out ahead of the DMN on that one...but that gets to the intellectual curiosity angle of my argument.

You gotta see from all sides to be able to aptly argue from your own.

Don't think for one minute all DMN staffers don't rush to The Observer boxes each week to see what the competition is up to

A Big City Daily like The News isn't stupid...just impotent on many issues...but you wouldn't know if you didn't read it. It has it's own function to serve you just have to be smart enough to read between the lines.

Remember, Jim S. didn't always work for an alternative weekly either.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Ummm, from www.insideautomotive.com I get links to these very stories, and the comments that readers offer.  Further, I get to comment as well.  Also, I get the Startelegram and stories from a 100 other papers from across the country and the world.  On here, I get stories that challenge the DMN stories that we find are often hiding certain agendas.  None of this is available to the DMN subscriber, and I often find I am having meta conversations with people who I can tell have only one perspective on a story.  But, Viewing the world from one prism and one prism only makes yours a very uninformed and intellectually shallow view.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Bad information is worse than no information.  The information that comes from the DMN is far too often incomplete, biased, or just plain wrong.  Frankly, it's a waste of paper and ink most of the time.

Thankfully, your own argument points out that we don't need it anymore.  There are so many more sources available that not "taking the paper" isn't a handicap.  I get stories that I want pushed to me via RSS feeds, I peruse the headlines of major news sites, I read the Observer and plenty of monthly or weekly magazines, and I watch local and national news.  I don't need the DMN to give me morsels of information when I can graze the buffet.

I understand the appeal of a daily paper.  I just think that the DMN's glaring weaknesses make it completely useless.

Montemalone
Montemalone

The teevee has taken over as the "news" source for people.For my part, I miss taking the paper, but I quit when they eliminated all the news. Over the years, all the daily sections went away. All that's left is sports scores and wire service.I read mulitple newspapers online. NYT, Chicago Trib and Sun-Times, WaPo, and of course, Observer.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Smart people will find other things to read. Stupid people didn't read it in the first place.

Smart people also realized the value-to-cost ratio of the DMN got way out of whack. Enjoy your AP and press release reprints.

Guest
Guest

I will withhold important stories from you until after they don't matter anymore for half the price of a subscription to the DMN.

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

I don't really follow local politics as they seem twice as looney as when I lived in LA.  If a local human interest story catches my eye, I can find out the MOST current information by doing a search on the web.

Guest
Guest

The fact that, despite my post being up for eight hours now, no one has tried to assert that Lord Palmerston was actually England's greatest Prime Minister makes me sad.

Guest
Guest

And while you are perusing your "alternative" news sources, notice how often they refer back to content from the Dallas Morning News.

I have noticed that in stories that usually begin with "The Dallas Morning News finally got around to covering the story we've been covering for months now" or "The Dallas Morning News decided to print a bunch of factual inaccuracies about a public meeting that we all went to" and "We're not sure why the Dallas Morning News continues to ignore this story, but...".

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