The panelists discuss the changes coming to the two largest newspapers in Lee County.
Mississippi Valley Media says the Daily Gate City and the Daily Democrat will publish four days per week. A shopper-style paper with news mixed in will be published the fifth day. The changes go into effect May 6.
The panelists talk about the trend toward hyperlocal coverage for small radio stations.
An article in the Naperville Sun highlighted several stations in the Fox River Valley that have succeeded by focusing on their own specific community rather than trying to attract the larger audience that's possible in the Chicago area. Station personnel feel they know their listeners -- and their listeners know them.
The panelists talk about the New Orleans Times-Picayune's recent decision to cut back to just three print editions per week. The 175-year old newspaper also handed out pink slips to numerous employees last week.
Panelist Lisa Kernek believes there is a move in the industry toward creating a hybrid between an on-line newspaper and one that's in print. She is saddened by the news out of New Orleans, though she thinks print will not go away.
This week's program is about Bill Knight's career and changes in the news industry. In addition, Lisa Kernek joins the panel to replace Knight.
Knight graduated from WIU, went on to be a reporter, and came back to Western to teach in the early 1990s. He never stopped writing and reporting, and will continue to do commentaries on Tri States Public Radio.
Knight said there have been many changes in the newspaper industry over the years. He said the one creating the biggest impact right now is in management.