In case you missed the NYT business section on Monday, a bunch of Star Ledger journalists are doing just what Richard Bilotti, ex publisher of the Times of Trenton, predicted would happen: Having lost their jobs, they couldn’t stop being reporters, so they set up shop in a library and started a website, www.newjerseynewsroom.com.
Bilotti forecasted this at a Princeton Chamber meeting last spring and I thought “It’ll never work, what will they live on.” But what it’s doing, it’s keeping their brand alive. As “star reporters” they keep current with their sources and their readers. (They are also looking for real jobs, as are most of the experienced staffers at the Times of Trenton, a sister paper of the Star Ledger.)
Support them! Go online and click on any ads you see. As for the print editions of any of the newspapers around here (including the Times of Trenton and of course my own favorite, U.S. 1) it helps to mention, to an advertiser, that you saw it in print. Can’t hurt, might help.