I like the Miami Herald. I really do. I'm not one of those people circling its weakened carcass like a vulture waiting for it to die. I truly believe it serves an important and vital role in this community and, after viewing this video on the demise of the Rocky Mountain News, I'm more sure of that than I ever have been before.
But this Herald story defines what part of the problem is with newspapers today. Yesterday, the Herald reported that Miami radio station 93.9's format had changed from smooth jazz to "more contemporary programming." Nothing wrong with that story except that it comes a full 2 months after the change.
In fact, I posted on the transition on December 27th, a couple of days after it happened. That post continues to hit regularly in Google searches and has drawn 48 comments to date. The reason why it's so popular is because there has been little to no mainstream media coverage of this format change up until now. Blogs have been the only place to really find out what happened to a major radio station in Miami. That, folks, is crazy.
The Herald story does include interviews and background and historical information and is a comprehensive assessment of what happened to WLVE over the years, but, really, it shouldn't take 2 months to get that story out to the community, in my opinion.
I hate to see what's happening to the newspaper industry these days. Lots of good, talented people are losing their jobs because of what are described as economic problems. But the people who are managing these papers have to sit back and take an honest and critical look at the way they deliver the news...the content, the quality and the timeliness...and decide whether that isn't contributing to their lackadaisical performance, as well.