|Michael J. Connor, recipient of the Bliven-Ganley-Rossi Career Achievement award|
Editors note: We are posting articles about the special club award winners honored May 5 at the annual SPC Awards dinner.
By Mike McAndrew
Michael J. Connor speaks with a fiery passion about the importance of watchdog journalism and the public’s thirst for local news.
But economic realities pinching all of Syracuse’s media organizations means there’s fewer boots on the ground and the city’s news is being covered less thoroughly now than 10 or 20 years ago, The Post-Standard’s executive editor said.
“I can remember a time when all or most of the three network affiliates in broadcast TV had court reporters and municipal reporters. There was pretty fierce competition in government and institutional coverage. That’s gone away. Radio reporting is almost nonexistent,” he said. “There’s less competition. There’s just fewer reporters (in Syracuse) than there were at one time. That can’t help but reduce the amount of basic reporting and contextual reporting made available to residents of the area.”
“If fewer institutions are being covered on a regular basis because you have a smaller total reporting staff in the community, at some point readers are missing something,” he said.
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 May 2012 02:03 )|
|"News is the first rough draft of history."
--Philip L. Graham (1915–1963), U.S. newspaper publisher
Executive Editor, The Post-Standard
Atkinson was a reporter and editor with The Post-Standard since starting in 1954 as its Saranac Lake correspondent. Eleven short years later, in 1965, he’d worked his way through its ranks to become managing editor, directing the paper’s entire news operation.