18 July 2008

"Squandered potential"

That pretty much sums up the attitude many have toward the weekly newspaper The Independent, which may or may not survive past the issue that hit news stands today.

The potential closure of the paper is making the news across Canada.

The quote in the headline for this post is from Geoff Meeker, local blogger, public relations consultant and a critic of the Indy's editorial approach over the past four years.

Also quoted are local writer Kevin Major and Telegram editor Russell Wangersky.

Wangersky offers as succinct an argument as possible for the Indy's current situation:
"You have to be more than a one-issue paper. I don't think an editorial
stance that focuses everything on blame Canada is a functional model
for a business."