Saturday, September 12, 2009

Columnist: It's time for a frank talk with readers about the Mercury News

Mike Cassidy writes:

The Mercury News remains a powerhouse of talent, intellect and dedication. The question is: What do you want us to do with what we have assembled right here and right now?

Yes, there is some urgency.

The Mercury News is already greatly diminished. As advertising revenue has declined in recent years, we've killed features and sections that aren't coming back. We've closed bureaus. And we've lost hundreds of talented journalists through layoffs and resignations. A news operation that bustled with about 400 journalists in 2000 is now down to about 125.

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