Saturday, February 17, 2024

Turner Report readers blast Joplin Globe content, decision to take printing to Tulsa

In Thursday's Turner Report, I wrote a post about the Joplin Globe's announcement that it would be shutting down its printing presses and outsourcing the printing to Tulsa.

Since that time, readers have left some comments that I thought worthy of their own post. Here are a few:

Robin Phelan has been on the job since July, and I cannot think of a single positive move the Globe has made during this time. Reporters leave, and are not replaced. 

The news product continues to decline. They are constantly searching for advertising sales representatives, but no one wants to pound the pavement or make calls when the answer is almost always No.

“Robin Phelan has done an excellent job shepherding Farm Talk and keeping it strong,” said Steven Jameson, regional executive for CNHI, parent company of both the Globe and Farm Talk. “He has a lot of experience in the newspaper business and will do a great job in this new role. Robin brings a lot of energy and commitment to The Joplin Globe, its readers and the Joplin community.”

So, Mr. Phelan, what is your plan to make the Globe relevant again? And please don't sell your historic building in downtown Joplin and move to a strip mall. That would be the final blow.

What about the VERY few locally owned newspapers that sent their publications to the Globe for printing? The Sarcoxie Record, also their Carthage and Carl Junction weekly publications? Where can they possibly go now?

To add to that comment, I believe that company also publishes the Pierce City Leader-Journal.

I am a retired small business owner of over three decades. The Globe was vital (advertising) to my industry back in the day. There are two reasons why people (used to) subscribe to the Globe: obits and ads. Everyone looked for the Sunday and Wednesday editions for those reasons. Now, most obit notices are found online and ads, well, they can be found anywhere.

I am surprised that the Globe is even still trying to be relevant. Their online edition is laughable and if they do run a story, it's yesterday's news.

The fact they are selling their printing presses saddens me. I know a man who has worked in that department for years. He emigrated to this country and does not speak English well.It will most likely be difficult for him to find another job.

Yes, the Internet, with Online Shopping, Ecommerce, Social Media and Blog Forums, Television, Movie, and Radio Streaming Services - have changed the way People - Communicate, Buy, Sell, Lease, Rent, Watch TV and Movies, Listen to Music, Etc., - Some Paper / Television / Radio / Movie Companies have ventured into additional platforms - to survive the ever changing Technology expansions - I am afraid if they have not - they are doomed to exist.

I remember the First thing my Parents did every morning before enjoying their Coffee / Breakfast was walk out their front door and pickup the Joplin Globe off the front steps - ready to devour all of those News / Informational / Sales / Obituary Stories - followed up with the National and Local News at 5:30PM - 6:00PM every night.

Similar to going to the Joplin Library then to Book Stores for that Great Next Read, then from Movie Theaters to the Local Video / Blockbuster Store - -

Now from your Phone, Tablet, Laptop - you can read the latest book or watch the latest movie.

Times are a Changing.


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Anonymous said...

Won't someone think of the obsolete forms of media?

Anonymous said...

'Nine days ago, I predicted the next move the Globe's out-of-town owners will make, the same move made by newspaper chains all over the United States- it will move out of its downtown location and rent a storefront.'

Well with a big downtown building and a huge City Govt property tax increase proposed for Aug. this year, can you blame them for selling it and moving out?

Anonymous said...

Yes, correct, the owners of The Sarcoxie Record also publish the Pierce City Leader-Journal. So they are STILL somehow in business to provide 4 weekly newspapers for their surrounding communities. Without a (local) printing can they continue to exist? Tulsa, Okla.? Really???

Anonymous said...

Just so people know there is a group trying to stop the property tax increase the City has in store for us, to be voted on in August. Business property, personal property, real estate, cars, all of it. It was just a year ago it was defeated at the polls. Now the City Manager, and City Council majority of members are back again. It should be defeated again, with a strong majority against it. I would guess the Joplin Globe financial folks are looking at that building and saying, whoa, we will have even worse losses. Let's get out now.

Anonymous said...

My subscription expires in a couple of weeks, will not be renewing after taking the paper for over 40 years. Content has been reduced so much there is nothing there. Definitely not worth $430 a year. R.I.P. Joplin Globe, was nice knowing you.....