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. The ambitious upstart website was determined to challenge the Winston-Salem Journal. After a good … Read the rest

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. The print edition displayed a powerful close-up picture of Kalvin … Read the rest

The Winston-Salem Journal’s Coverage of Kalvin Michael Smith Is Cockamamie

The Winston-Salem Journal is in a tough spot. Our community’s newspaper of record announced layoffs earlier this month. The Journal has been cutting staff and reducing the amount of content it offers for years. WFDD argues that the Journal and other newspapers are continuing to adjust to digitization. Pre-internet the newspaper was king, today’s information age has newspapers scrambling to re-invent themselves.

Obsessed with attracting readers and ad revenue, mid-market newspapers like the Journal don’t want to alienate any readers. … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest