Over the last few years I’ve noticed newspapers eliminating or greatly reducing their editorial and opinion pages. For example, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel used to have a readers letter page every day, and one double in size on Sundays. They have since eliminated the daily page and the Sunday page is but a third of what it once was.
I’ve noticed this trend in other papers as well. I’ve also noticed that newspapers are lighter on editorial content, not being as opinionated as they once were. I don’t necessarily miss that, but I do notice the shift in content.
About a quarter of readers letters tended to be in response to editorial positions and I wonder if that had anything to do with the downsizing of readers letters.
Or is it just another symptom of a dying medium?