Social Media Roundup: The Growing Newspaper Gap

Is there room for associations to fill in when local newspapers decline? Also: Should you promote your star?

Today is a new day in New Orleans — one without a daily newspaper for residents to call their own. Much has been written about The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune’s move to three-days-per-week coverage, but is there opportunity amid the change? That and more in today’s social media roundup:

The slow media decline

Associations Now has some weird timing. Today, we start a new online publication in earnest, a day after The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune published its last daily print issue. A number of nonprofit community journalism efforts are working to become viable alternatives after an announcement earlier this summer that The Times-Picayune would be laying off much of its staff, and DashThirtyDash, a community-based nonprofit designed to help laid-off workers at the paper, got its start in July. And, we know the value of nonprofits as community drivers. With stories like that of The Times-Picayune becoming more common, how can local associations and community groups step up and provide information as a community service — or provide support to struggling local media? (ht @JoanEisenstodt)

Can promotions cause departures?

Maybe your “star talent” isn’t looking for a new title. Linda Chreno, CAE, IOM, of Marketing General points out a thoughtful SmartBlogs piece on the nature of promoting a rising star. “A promotion is usually more than just more money,” writes consultant Martha Finney. “It represents additional responsibility, different responsibility, often a new circle of peers, and the moving away from the work that has made that star shine. Is that really what both of you want?” (ht @LindaChreno)

What cool stuff have you seen today? Post about it in the comments!

(Flickr photo by dsb nola)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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