The Beachwood Reporter says it so I don’t have to.
No matter what your stripes, or what you look for from your local periodicals or city journalism, you should be mourning the loss of John Conroy from the Reader’s pages. If a newspaper can be said to have a soul, he was it. That’s no knock against the work that Henderson, Mogira and Marlan turned out, but Conroy was the living, breathing spirit of the paper’s advocacy wing.
As usual, Michael Miner is offering the best reporting on the Reader’s goings-on including the spot between a rock and a hard place that editor Alison True’s been living in since August: cut the budget but don’t lose what makes the Reader, the Reader. The rock just gave way.
I think the Reader is about a year away from going online-only, and I have yet to have someone tell me why that would be a bad thing, or how it would be any more damaging to the paper than a move like this.