Dan Schlossberg, a New Jersey landsman, is a peripatetic writer and unabashed Braves fan. His latest project, The New Baseball Bible: Notes, Nuggets, Lists, and Legends from Our National Pastime, is due for publication in March.
Growing up in North Jersey, I read the Herald-News and spent three summers (along with current Mets PR man Jay Horwitz) working for the newspaper. It was a very good paper, published six days a week, that competed with the Bergen Record and one of the largest dailies in the state.
The Record absorbed it long ago and was an enjoyable read until it too was swallowed — by the USA TODAY Network. Massive job cuts followed, along with editorial and graphics changes, and now the once-proud Record should be ashamed of itself.
The new layout stinks and there are so many typos that the fired proofreaders are saying, “I told you so.” Plus the sports section has gone straight to the” terlit,” as Archie Bunker would say. There’s no mention of any major-league team that doesn’t play in New York and often no mention of the Mets or Yankees either. Sadly, the Record is no longer worth the paper it’s printed on. Like The Stage Deli, it lives on only in memory. And that’s a shame for those of us who still care about literacy and the future of American journalism.
This originally appeared as a Facebook post. Reprinted with permission. Thanks, Dan!