The printed newspaper is a media in trouble, readership and subscriptions have declined parallel with the growth of the cable television and the internet. In the past a local newspaper’s impact on local, state and national thinking was no doubt a force or sphere of influence on public thought, today much of that has been lost to other media.
Hartford in the 1950’s was the home of two daily newspapers, the Hartford Times and the Hartford Courant. The Courant would give you news in the morning and the Times would provide updates and late day news in the afternoon. There was a competitive atmosphere between the two papers each trying to provide the best in coverage while increasing subscribers. The Hartford Courant prevailed and the Hartford Times closed their doors but that is how the system works, the strong survive.
When competition is lacking sometimes people get lazy, complacent and apathetic, they lack that drive to create and expand their horizons. Sometimes, like they say about an aging ball player, “they just mail it in”. So the question of the day here at the Opining Quill is: Has the Hartford Courant gotten so lax in news coverage that today they just mailed it in? Let’s take a look and you decide.
Here direct from the “Connecticut Breaking News Latest Headlines” as seen on the Hartford Courant website are some of the headlines:
To this observer it sure looks like what is to be passed off as “Breaking News” is nothing more than a quick check of the recent incident reports from the local police officers. Not even a single fire to report? A quick check of a local television website at the same time finds a headline about a bus crash that sent 22 people to the hospital. Maybe the officer hasn’t sent in his report yet or maybe it would take some effort and creativity to cover such an event.
Have the bean counters cut away the life blood of the newspaper paring off reporters in the name of bottom line profits? Where is the tradition of journalism headed in Hartford? The Hartford Courant has been around a long time but can it survive?
It is too bad to see a once strong voice become an echo of news, for an echo soon fades away. In their prime the Hartford Courant was the dominate media in local towns throughout much of Connecticut. Today the dominance is fading, gone are the dedicated local reporters providing coverage of local government, events and community affairs. The loss is significant in terms of community life. It is sad indeed to report the echo is fading.