May 4, 2009

Turn that frown upside down

In his latest "think piece," Tribune Co. innovation guru Lee Abrams says journalists need to move past the "negative stuff," like fretting about the future of the news industry, and instead use their energy to break down some walls. Abrams writes:
April 30, 2009


Constantly hearing the doom and gloom...the cutbacks, the negative stuff. It's pretty real, but throughout our company there's a LOT of re-invention going on. In fact, when this economy improves, WE will be the ones with the upper hand because instead of dwelling on the pain, we're doing something about it. Economically of course, AND IN CONTENT/CREATIVE. As sad as the state of the economy is, it's equally sad to see people whining, complaining and feeling sorry for themselves and the industry, when that energy can go toward breaking down some walls.
The piece, if you can follow it, goes on to quote a few examples of winning thinking, all of which you can read here.


Anonymous said...

For my money I will take Warren Buffett's advice vs Lee Abrams...newspapers will have unending losses. Doesn't sound optomistic to me no matter the state of the economy. Probably why so many newspapers are for sdale with no takers.

Anonymous said...

Wrong. There are still some smart people who are extremely dedicated to saving this business. Stop reading the blog/flog entries and get out from behind your PC.

Anonymous said...

Well, I guess time will tell if I am wrong. I hope I am.

The game isn't over yet, but, the clock is ticking and the industry is in serious shape to go down hard.

No one questions the passion of some people in the business, yet, it reminds me of the mammoth in the tar pits, the outcome won't be good.

Buffett owns a newspaper, he has a lot of dollars invested in the Washington Post, and I have always found him to be candid with his comments. He may not be right all the time and this is one of those times I hope he isn't.

I stand by my statement. The people in control aren't the ones with passion and they are leading newspapers to the pits.