Thursday, 28 February 2013
The Demise Of Scotsman.com?
It appears the Scotsman online has been brought to its knees by flowers.
No matter how incredulous it seems to an IT ignoramus such as myself, it appears the Johnston Press broke Google's search engine rules.
Google don't financially penalise such misbehaviour, but do it electronically. A full explanation of why the Scotsman (and other Johnson Press papers) will no longer be highly rated is here.
I wouldn't be sad to see the Scotsman bite the dust. Since the Johnson Press took over the quality of journalism has slowly slipped into mediocrity. That is not a reflection upon the few excellent journalists who do contribute, but a comment about the lack of aspiration from management.
If this was the death knell for the Scotsman would there be room for another Scottish paper here? I think not. The days of newspapers are coming to an end and people read news online. A couple of quality online Scottish papers, such as the Caledonian Mercury, have struggled against the rise of English papers which offer Scottish editions, or perhaps they were ahead of the time. Nevertheless, they continue and that can only be to our benefit.