The Winston-Salem Chronicle Is A Black Newspaper

Forgive me for stating the obvious. Everyone in Winston knows that The Chronicle is a Black newspaper, and that’s a good thing-something that The Chronicle should be proud of. That’s something that they should embrace. So why doesn’t The Chronicle mention that basic fact in their newspaper or website masthead? The Chronicle’s print edition front page has a nice, bold look.

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Remembering Dr. Tim Monroe

Monday, the Winston-Salem Journal published a front-page story on the retiring director of the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. I’m not familiar with Marlon Hunter. His name was seldom in the paper. By contrast, Dr. Tim Monroe, Hunter’s predecessor, was a public figure who didn’t shy away from controversy. Wesley Young’s piece introducing Mr. Hunter to the Journal’s readers provides some insight into the differences between Marlon Hunter, and Tim Monroe approaches to running a public health department.

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Warren Buffett Tacitly Admits Newspapers Are More Difficult To Produce Than Bottles Of Ketchup

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Media just announced a partnership with Lee Enterpises Inc.

The Oracle of Omaha, the billionaire that it’s okay to like-if you don’t look too closely, Warren Buffett knows how to cut deals. But clearly, he doesn’t know how to run newspapers. Buffett’s life work has been relentless acquisitions; transforming Berkshire Hathaway from a struggling textile company into a Wall Street mega-conglomeration of unrelated companies and stock portfolios. He’s great with numbers, corporate earnings reports, etc. But it turns out, he’s not very good with running newspapers.

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Against Their Will: The Journal, News And Record Layoff Workers To Aid Buffets Bottom Line

 

Today is another sad day for local journalism in the Triad and beyond. The Winston-Salem Journal and Greensboro News & Record just laid off more workers, including journalists. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, the parent corporation of the Journal, News & Record and many other small and medium-sized newspapers is cutting costs even as its publication’s page views are increasing. Warren Buffett is famous for playing the long game in stocks. But Buffett isn’t demonstrating the same patience with his newspapers.

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The Camel City Dispatch If Not Already Dead, Appears To Be Mortally Wounded

The Twin City Sentinal ended its run as an independent newspaper when it merged with the Journal in 1985. It’s hard to say exactly when the Camel City Dispatch died. Was it this year or the year before? But there is little doubt that CCD is dead. Camel City Dispatch is a local journalism project that came to Winston’s mobile devices, tablets, and PCs in 2012.

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Not Much Going On In The Pages Of The Journal, Check Out This Interview of Gayle Anderson

The output of the city’s paper of record has been a little lackluster lately. After the ink dried on BAT’s acquisition of Reynolds a couple of weeks ago, the Journal has largely ignored issues of importance to residents in Winston-Salem. Instead, they have covered a high-profile murder case in Davidson County and other stories that just aren’t that relevant to Winston’s urban core. To my dismay, Friday the Journal published a story on Craig Engels. Engles, an Olympic-hopeful runner from Pfafftown is perhaps more famous for his mullet haircut than his running.

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When Will It Be Acceptable To Question Football?

Last week the New York Times published a report which found that 110 of the 111 brains of former NFL players studied by Dr. Ann McKee, a leading neuroscientist were found to have CTE. CTE is a rare brain disorder caused by repeated head trauma. For years now a growing body of research has shown that shown that playing football can lead to long-term, negative health results. These studies are increasingly hard to ignore. The correlation between football, concussions, and CTE is being established more and more with each new study.

After Five Years It’s Clear, Warren Buffett Isn’t Going To Save The Winston-Salem Journal

Back in May 2012, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought the Winston-Salem Journal and a host of other small and medium-sized papers from Media General. Five years ago there was optimism that Warren Buffett would reinvigorate the Journal. Sadly, five years later, we now know better. Buffett hasn’t invested in our local paper, it’s just another asset to him. Sunday’s Winston-Salem Journal had an excellent cover story on Kalvin Michael Smith.

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Warren Buffet Should Make The Winston-Salem Journal Great Again

Readers of the Winston-Salem Journal have been treated to a wealth of articles over the past few days. Typically the Journal has one or two articles a day that are worth reading, supplemented with sports and advertising. But a confluence of events; the upcoming of elections and British American Tobacco’s recently announced bid to purchase Reynolds American has caused the Journal to dramatically increase its output, like the days of old. Last Friday, the Journal had a good article on early voting. Below the fold there was an informative piece on infant mortality rates in Forsyth County.

Murder in Winston-Salem Is Overshadowed By Clown Hoax

Have you seen all the clown sighting stories circulating online? The Winston-Salem Journal has run several stories on creepy criminal clowns appearing all over the Triad. The clown hysteria started in Winston earlier this week when the Journal reported two instances of clowns attempting to lure kids into the woods in Northeast Winston. But none of these national or local stories have been substantiated. Police don’t have any clowns in custody.