Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' Blogs

August 13, 2012

Rumors of newspapers’ death have been greatly exaggerated

(Continued)

I know what I’m talking about, because in a long and checkered career, it would appear that I’ve helped kill off some really good newspapers.

I swear, I didn’t do it on purpose. It just seemed that a few years after I would leave a place, the owners would cry: “What’s the use?” and sell the printing press.

My first newspaper gig was as a teenager with the old 30,000 circulation Miami Beach Sun, where I covered mostly high school and kids sports.

Three notable people I worked with there were TV personality Larry King, horse racing giant Russ Harris and crime reporter/author Edna Buchanan. Edna went on to win a Pulitzer Prize at the Miami Herald, I went off to college, and the Miami Beach Sun went off into history a few years later.

My next paper was the Hollywood (Fla.) Sun-Tattler, whose name sounded like one of those tabloids with screaming headlines about Ulysses S. Grant being brought back to life. But no, it was a legitimate newspaper that is unfortunately no longer with us.

Then came the Miami News, a feisty afternoon paper that went toe-to-toe with the much-bigger Miami Herald. Some wonderful journalists worked at the News, and the place was a ton of fun when it wasn’t a snake pit of shoddy management and outsized egos. It ran its own obituary on Dec. 31, 1988.

The next stop for me was the Dallas Times Herald. I really liked the paper, but not Texas. Since the owners of the Times Herald weren’t about to move it to another state just for me, it was probably for the best that I moved on. That fine newspaper closed in 1991.

Now, it probably wasn’t all my fault that the first four papers I worked for shut down after I left, but for a while there, I was worried that I might be some kind of journalistic Jonah.

Text Only
Sister Newspapers' Blogs
Bill Archer
AP Video
Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Fighting Rages Amid Mideast Truce Push Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law
Greg Jordan