The Dayton 2 day old News

While I admit that I rely on the Dayton Daily News as a source for primary news, and give credit to them for all articles that stimulate posts, they don’t do the same.

Two days ago, I wrote a follow-up on the Stivers School of the Arts concert hall fiasco, and did a little research in the inadequately accessible Montgomery County Public records- and uncovered that the architect had been sued for other problems. The story appeared in today’s Dayton 2 Day Old News.

I’m wondering how long it will take the DDN to do an expose on the failure of local governments to place documents from court filings to minutes of the Dayton City Commission online in a searchable, accessible and legal fashion? I’ve now posted about this flaw several times.

There is a reason newspapers are losing readership- and part of it comes from product quality. Although the recent redesign of their website is a step in the right direction, until they realize that their value is dictated purely on the size of their community, and that they need to come off their high horses and learn how to integrate the community with the news (Business Week is pioneering this new form of journalism) they will be forever doomed.

In the pioneer days- and I mean when Dayton was first settled, security was found in size of community. Those days have returned thanks to the Internet. Until the newspaper realizes that its relationship with the community is primary to its existence, its days are numbered.

If the editors would understand this concept, maybe they’d know that running the three negative comments about what’s great about Dayton in today’s Chatterbox “feature” is not only stupid and irreverent, but just another nail in the DDN coffin.

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6 Responses

  1. Mark April 9, 2009 / 9:47 am
    If the editors would understand this concept, maybe they’d know that running the three negative comments about what’s great about Dayton in today’s Chatterbox “feature” is not only stupid and irreverent, but just another nail in the DDN coffin.
    Amen. Today’s Chatterbox shows the disdain the DDN has for this community. It might also show that the “reporter” was too lazy to find anyone who wasn’t hanging out at Third and Main.
  2. George April 9, 2009 / 10:08 am
    Why are you complaining that DDN is copying you? At least now you know that someone over there is reading your crap.
  3. David Lauri April 9, 2009 / 10:48 am
    One would think putting together a decent website plus doing actual journalism wouldn’t be that difficult, but I guess the state of the newspaper industry in general shows otherwise.

    I read a fun blurb on Boing Boing illustrating how newspapers are foolish to blame Google for their problems.

    I know you don’t have ads on your site, David, because you’re running for office, but you could put up a separate news site and run ads on it. Don’t know if you’d earn enough money to make a living from it, but who knows?

  4. Dad April 9, 2009 / 11:25 am

    I don’t get the DDN up here in Cleveland, so I wanted to find out what was in Chatterbox.
    I went to the DDN web site and searched for Chatterbox. Up came a calendar for July 2006 and references to items printed then.
    That’s a very useful web site.

  5. hall April 9, 2009 / 1:00 pm
    Does “chatterbox” refer to the reader comment sections following the stories ?
  6. David Esrati April 9, 2009 / 1:20 pm

    Chatterbox is their question of the day, with three random peoples respose, complete with 3 mugshots.
    @George – thanks for reading and commenting.

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