In this week’s paper, John Koblin considers the state of journalism in New Jersey. The dailies are limping along, but with layoffs all around and no more Times bureau, the state’s media microcosm isn’t what it used to be:
“I think that New Jersey is in the precarious danger of not being capable of covering itself anymore,” said Jeff Tittel, the director of the Sierra Club in New Jersey, who is regarded as the most powerful environmentalist in the state.
Mr. Tittel used to walk through the statehouse to chat up reporters and pitch them stories; he would often plop himself on a desk to talk for hours. Now, with far fewer reporters present, he said, “either I don’t go, or I spend five minutes there.”
Last year, the Newhouses’ “treasured jewel,” The Star-Ledger, weathered the threat of closure with a 40 percent cut to the newsroom. Today, things look grim at another (more sparkly) Newhouse jewel–Vogue. The Internet is abuzz with rumors that the magazine will be announcing layoffs today. We wait with bated breath.