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Atlanta's major daily newspapers keep their voices down

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Reginald Stewart

The decision by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of the South’s leading daily newspapers, to end the daily distribution of its award-winning print newspaper this month has prompted a voiceless voice in the region. has dealt a surprising blow to their ability to make their voices heard. Says the news media and correspondents who are at the forefront of spreading the word.

“It’s a terrible decision,” said Paul Delaney, a veteran reporter who started his career at the Atlanta Daily World, rose through the ranks at Cox Newspapers, and became editor-in-chief of The New York Times. “This paper set the regional standard for newspapers across the South to cover the civil rights movement,” Delaney said, adding that, with a few big exceptions, most of the region refused to desegregate and integrate. I mentioned that I am doing

Although historically separate papers, the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution both turned to political and social corners, advocating for the government-sanctioned end to segregation in the mid-1900s. , supported political and economic leaders who promoted its integration as a civic process in society. big.

Today, with more than 500,000 copies published daily, the newspaper is still cited as a source of thoughtful and reliable news, and is an excellent training ground for aspiring reporters. The award-winning newspaper’s circulation has fallen a bit in recent years, with competing information venues drying up revenue and followers.

“Journals and the Constitution have been key to helping society change for the better,” says Delaney, whose papers fairly cover civil rights leaders and their activities throughout much of the last century. “They set the standard for covering movements.”

The closure of the daily newspaper puts an end to the century-old practice of widely distributing diverse political, social, economic and commercial news to thousands of people every day, and the first job of young people, newspapers. Finish the job of connecting communities with deliveries and printed materials.

Citing the closure of the Nashville Banner in the 1980s and the subsequent rapid shrinkage of The Tennessian and other newspapers in Knoxville and Memphis, giving a voice to the voiceless in public debate. things could weaken dramatically, observers say.

Walter Middlebrook, a Memphis-born veteran reporter who is a former editor of Detroit and New York newspapers, said, “Consumers who don’t have an internet connection or access to computer technology will soon lose access to AJC’s news products. It’s unfortunate for people,” he said. , currently Professor of Journalism at Pennsylvania State University.

“It’s hard to believe that residents of Atlanta and the entire state of Georgia will be fully connected and have access to the internet.

“Until the Internet is recognized as a utility and made available to everyone, major media outlets like the AJC will strive to make their products accessible to everyone in as many forms and formats as possible. You have to,” said Middlebrook.

Until the Internet is recognized as a utility and made available to everyone, major media outlets like AJC should strive to make their products available to everyone in as many formats and formats as possible. there is. Middlebrook said.

Gerald Jordan, a professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas and a former reporter for the Kansas City Star and the Philadelphia Inquirer, looks back on newspaper journalism’s “heyday” when many criticized the daily newspaper’s closure. said there is. The public condemns and the government denies legal racism in employment, housing, education and health.

“It’s definitely a social loss,” Jordan said of the Journal-Constitution’s report of cuts. “But you live in the heyday of great newspapers,” he said. “My deepest regret is that the insane people, the yahoos who send one letter to the newsroom, are now in control of disastrous internet misinformation and misinformation. and let the cynical audience be easily led by the former president,” Jordan echoed to his colleagues.