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Jeremy Littau
For those who aren’t quite sure why these media layoffs keep happening, or think “it’s the internet!” or “people don’t pay to subscribe,” there’s a lot more going on. Though that is part of that. Here’s a cliffs notes version - not exhaustive but it hits the highlights:
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Molly Yanity Jan 25
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Jeremy, this is awesome. Well done.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 25
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Thanks!
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Molly Yanity Jan 25
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Talk about going viral!
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Jeremy Littau Jan 25
Replying to @mollyyanity
I’ve found filter settings on my app I didn’t know existed because the notifications got too nuts.
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Geoffrey Colon 🤓 Jan 25
Replying to @JeremyLittau
Professor, great thread. Reminds me of what we spoke about a few years ago on campus. The radio industry went through this as well. We've allowed for too much consolidation. iHeart is having trouble selling ads and may have to offload stations. Glad you went complex on this.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 25
Replying to @djgeoffe
Yes I had initially had some about radio and TV but it felt like mission creep. But the problems are so interconnected. Appreciate you.
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Geoffrey Colon 🤓 Jan 25
Replying to @JeremyLittau
True. Especially if the rules are continued to be relaxed and TV stations can own radio and newspapers. Just seems like we're spiraling toward one media owner of everything. That's not good for citizenry.
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Maxie McCoy Jan 26
Replying to @djgeoffe @JeremyLittau
Serious question. When are you two teaming up for the future of media symposium.
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Geoffrey Colon 🤓 Jan 26
I’ll be in Pennsylvania in April. Professor we should do something. We can livestream it, I have all the equipment. It’s long overdue to talk about what Jeremy noted: can’t blame internet on everything but we need a post advertising solution for news orgs.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 27
Replying to @djgeoffe @MaxieMcCoy
Would do anything that gets Maxie back to campus too! 😊
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Cynthia Ramnarace Jan 26
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2/2 A couple of years ago the company was sold for a fraction of what employees paid to buy it. Our 401K's were all in company stock. People lost their retirement savings. It was a travesty. And it also started with debt load and continued through your narrative.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 26
Replying to @CRamnarace
I’m so sorry. My mentions the past couple days have been full of stories like this and it’s just heartbreaking. I wish when people rip the media they’d realize there are people with families and lives at work in these organizations.
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Cynthia Ramnarace Jan 26
Replying to @JeremyLittau
Thank you. I was not among the hardest hit thankfully. I wish people would also realize how passionate the people in the newsroom are about their work. We see this as a calling, a civic duty. When a reporter loses a job, he/she also mourns all the stories that will go untold.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 26
Replying to @CRamnarace
The survivors have their own kind of guilt. I got out in ’04 to go back to school and become a prof. The big layoffs started a year later. I still feel guilty for escaping before it got bad.
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Cynthia Ramnarace Jan 26
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I got out too. I'm still angry that I had to leave a profession I loved because I could not see the future in it. I have so much respect for people who keep up the fight
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Daniel Thomsen Jan 24
Replying to @JeremyLittau
Jeremy, thanks for posting this thread. I earned a college credit tonight that I did not pay for.
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Jeremy Littau Jan 26
Replying to @danielthomsen
Thanks! And you didn’t have to suffer one of my exams! 😊
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chuck layne Jan 27
Well done. Commercial Network Television headed in the same direction as newspapers. With Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, hulu and others developing shows, it's taking advertising dollars away from the big networks. They are no longer the only show in town, so to speak.
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Andrew Cristancho Jan 26
Thanks I’m in Reno, NV, and I’m going to go subscribe to and stop reading it for ‘free.’
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Jeremy Littau Jan 26
Replying to @acristancho
That’s awesome! I used to work in Carson City at the Appeal btw. Long time ago, but I love that area.
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Andrew Cristancho Jan 26
Replying to @JeremyLittau
Oh cool! Small world! I worked at the Sierra Sun for a year in 2008, and then KRNV Channel 4 for almost three before the grind for local journalism burned me out!
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Andrew Cristancho Jan 26
Replying to @JeremyLittau
Speaking of the area, Snow’s great right now if you’re a snow sports fan, you should plan a visit! ⛷
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Jeremy Littau Jan 26
Replying to @acristancho
Ahh, the Sun. Are they still owned by Swift News? There were always sale rumors. I left the Appeal in 2000. The snow was OK, but I miss the golf courses. Soooo many great places to play and the costs were reasonable.
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Andrew Cristancho Jan 30
Replying to @JeremyLittau
I think they are still a Swift publication...yeah not a big golfer but lots of great places around here!
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