Who needs TV critics?

By Steve Outing

In Melanie McFarland’s farewell column as TV critic of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (she’s taking a web job with Amazon.com’s IMDB.com), she writes:

Although I won’t be under the globe anymore, a number of talented reader bloggers and regularly updated articles from TVGuide.com will continue to make this one of the best places for couch potatoes to camp out.”

I’m not sure whether that means she’s not being replaced, but it sounds like not. That’ll be another sad indicator for newspapers. As more features and staffers are dropped and the quality of the product heads downhill, you have to worry that the snowball effect is already in place.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!