Published 17 December 2009
The National Business Review runs its last story from me this Friday, its last issue of the year.
As usual, you can learn this news on The Bob Dey Property Report first.
The newspaper hired me in October 2007 during a fad when it decided to outsource newswriting. Last evening, NBR’s news editor told me the newspaper wanted to take its editorial functions inhouse.
The first of those 2 decisions made no sense to me: A contract writer owes no allegiance, most likely has no affinity – similar to a property manager whose pay does not depend on improving the net earnings of investors. Journalists are a cost, but they should also be a resource of rising value.
Yesterday’s decision does make sense, if the newspaper is prepared to provide adequate resources (chiefly, quality staff) and is prepared to offer quality support. That’s an unlikely combination, so the product may remain impaired, though time can heal.
NBR changed its deadlines for the property pages some months ago, causing a conflict with my Wednesday email newsletter. On that score alone I’d considered dropping the newspaper work and am pleased to be rid of it.
I envisage making up the lost earnings by providing you with an even better website in 2010 – a free & open website, supported by more advertising which will be justified by a growing, high-quality audience.
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Attribution: Story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.