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Fox 11 to lay off news staff, cancel newscast in Feb.

Tucson's Fox affiliate, KMSB Channel 11, told employees Tuesday morning that it will lay off its entire news team and cancel its local news broadcasts in February. Some 40-50 staffers will lose their jobs, including reporters, engineers and other station personnel.... Read more»

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Nov 15, 2011, 12:19 pm
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Local news sources continue to shrink. Fox 11 seems to do a pretty good job of Tweeting breaking news, too.

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Nov 15, 2011, 1:02 pm
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More sad news for the community and those who will not have a job. I have been unemployed 7 times since 2002 in Tucson, there right now. Like so many my wages have gone down and no health insurance.

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1768 comments
Nov 15, 2011, 3:01 pm
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Wow.

Speaking just for myself as a guy who watched TV…on the rare nights I do it, I’m usually watching something else at 9, and when I do watch TV news I watch it at 10.

I will say this, though…the rare times I checked out the KMSB newscasts, they didn’t do anything that made me angry or disgusted. That’s rare when I can say that about a media outlet.

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Nov 15, 2011, 3:30 pm
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“The media business is in an interesting stretch right now,” one KMSB staffer said ironically.”

FOX “News” has always been an “interesting” stretch of the news.

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Nov 15, 2011, 3:38 pm
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@Quietwoman2

Remember, although most are owned by national chains, local affiliates generally have very loose ties to their national network news organizations.

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1768 comments
Nov 15, 2011, 3:42 pm
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Part of why the Sentinel appeals to me is that it’s locally owned and operated. We need much more of that in our media outlets.

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Nov 15, 2011, 3:55 pm
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Bret Linden said:

 
Part of why the Sentinel appeals to me is that itís locally owned and operated. We need much more of that in our media outlets.

Amen, Bret!

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Nov 15, 2011, 5:59 pm
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Thanks Dylan- point taken regarding loose affiliation.;)

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Nov 15, 2011, 6:34 pm
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@Dylan Smith

I knew if I kept chipping away at it that I would eventually post a comment you agreed with :)

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Nov 15, 2011, 8:02 pm
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@Bret Linden

Given my contrarian nature, it’s tough for people to know what I agree with, and what I’m being skeptical about. That’s the gig, after all….

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Nov 15, 2011, 9:09 pm
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@Dylan Smith

I have to confess something to you Dylan…I had to google for a definition of the word “contrarian”. But, once I did, it all came together. Contrarian, contrary…very clever. Well played. :)

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Nov 15, 2011, 10:55 pm
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@Bret Linden

Never let it be said that we’re writing at a 4th grade level, because we think our readers are ignorant.

 

We’re doing it because we don’t know any better. Thanks, ladies and germs.

 

Heck, I used “foci” in a story yesterday; I was tempted to go with “focuseseses,” though….

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Nov 16, 2011, 6:34 am
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Internet balderdash notwithstanding, this thread has got my wheels turning upstairs about something. Perhaps one of the reasons that good journalism in this town is in critical condition is because most of the media outlets around here are owned by people who probably be hard-pressed to find Tucson on a map were they asked to do so…well, one of the reasons anyway.

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Nov 23, 2011, 8:53 am
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Thank you andrewolfe

I think another reason good journalism is dying is…well, allow me to paraphrase Jesse Ventura, who correctly points out that the mass media is no longer in the news business, they’re in the entertainment business. Journalistic integrity no longer exists. Media outlets no longer care if a story is newsworthy, but whether or not it will generate ratings. Hell, even the Sentinel is still tracking Giffords daily movements…

Take the Arizona Daily Star for example. When I was growing up in the 80’s, the ADS was a great paper. Reading it daily helped me to learn and grow and sparked my interest in following local politics. But, somewhere in the 1990’s something went terribly wrong there…

My guess why the ADS has deteriorated from a once-fine publication to the seemingly media arm of the local Democratic party is business. The most popular business model out there is “appeal to the lowest common denominator”. The ADS is bought by some out-of-towners. Those out-of-towners see our inexplicably high percentage of registered Democrats in this town. So, they change the ADS from a legit media outlet to a wall-to-wall left-biased editorial that they somewhat attempt to disguise as legit news, making the Dems feel good about themselves and hopefully selling them newspapers.

Is this good business? Debatable, but judging from their parent’s ongoing financial troubles I would have to say no.

Is it good journalism? Absolutely not, and it never will be.

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Nov 23, 2011, 9:15 am
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@Bret Linden
The Star was “bought by some out-of-towners” in 1971, then sold to another national newspaper chain in 2005.

As for the paper’s liberal bent, many local Democrats find the Star’s coverage hostile - they think the paper is a creature of moneyed interests.

But it’s all about perception - there’s that word again….

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