How Many More Nails Does This Coffin Need

There are times when the gloom and doom surrounding journalism, and particularly the newspaper industry, feels absolutely apocalyptic. Like today — The New York Times announced plans to eliminate several sections, including ... wait for it ... The City section. From the Observer...

The City section, unlike the paper's local news section, has always tried to feel like a small-town paper nestled in the Sunday Times. Stories about how the South Brooklyn Casket Company inspires poets and artists sat side-by-side with paeans to Riverside Park. The section has also been a comfortable space for essayists like Sloane Crosley and Thomas Beller to muse on various off-news-cycle topics like dance or dropping an iPod on the subway tracks.

There are times when this whole thing feels like the beginning of a science fiction movie. Except Clark Kent is now... unemployable.



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