Monday T-S goes the way of the Eureka Reporter
Print journalism has been in a downward spiral since the day the internet was born. In Humboldt County, the spiral is beginning to look more like a nose dive.
When the Humboldt Herald started in the spring of 2006, a rich local media environment appeared to be thriving — but then again, so did the housing market. Eureka had two newspapers, the T-S and Rob Arkley’s Eureka Reporter. Competition gave the T-S a badly needed kick in the keester, and for a while there seemed to be reporters on every little story.
But the Reporter was supported almost entirely by Arkley’s pocket book and therefore doomed to fail. ER reporters have gone back to bar tending or left the area in search of journalism jobs.
Is the loss of the Beacon and the Monday Times-Standard another step toward total annihilation of newspapers as we know them? It seems unlikely that these changes will right the listing boat.
Or perhaps these cutbacks in addition to the T-S paywall will spare us from a paperless future. But don’t hold your breath.