“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”
For many years now there’s been an undercurrent of criticism involving local journalism and the delivery of it in this province.
Obviously, “the paper” isn’t what it used to be, but the criticism goes a lot deeper than that.
Let’s avoid all of that narrative right now and focus on the massive announcement and press release that Postmedia will be purchasing Brunswick News Inc.
It’s an end of an era in our province.
Some will probably celebrate the sale, but perhaps the most upsetting aspect of all of this will be on the staff or the people that worked so tirelessly covering and sharing local stories.
How will the sale impact them?
How will the sale impact our local stories?
Many critics would suggest the writing has been on the wall (or behind a paywall) for quite sometime, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but let’s face it no one would have predicted this happening right now.
Harsh criticism of news print across the province and the motive behind it has always been spotlighted.
Nevertheless, very few were ever critical of the reporters covering the stories.
You see those local stories matter, they always have and they always will, but what are they going to look like now that PostMedia are involved?
Some will see the sale price, some will celebrate or say it was long overdue. Those people will probably be the same people crying for the loss of local coverage and reporting.
Those people will claim they haven’t read the paper for ages and refused to follow it just because, but what they won’t see are all of the people behind the scenes that will be potentially effected by the sale of Brunswick News.
Obviously, critics will be quit to play the blame game once again, but what about the people, what about the local coverage?
“Be careful what you wish for” came to mind very quickly when I read the article and press release this morning.
The times they are changing, but are they changing for the better?
That’s for you to decide.
The backbone of any news agency are the people and the stories they share.
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.