Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Cutbacks sacrifice substance

Another voice echoing alarm with some newspapers cutting content and quality to cut costs came yesterday in theologian Martin E. Marty's e-newsletter "Sightings."

In it, the author and professor emeritus at the University of Chicago's Divinity School referred to a piece in the current Christianity Today bemoaning the loss of Religion or Faith & Values sections, pages or staff.

Such bad business decisions are sure to have unintended consequences: less substance could easily translate to fewer readers, which means fewer advertisers and a whole downward cycle.

Particularly at a time when faith is at the core of so much personal, political, social and even military issues worldwide, it's sad -- stupid -- to surrender that beat to bean-counters.

Read Marty's essay - http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2007/0319.shtml
Read Sarah Pulliam's feature in the evangelical Christianity Today - http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/april/2.19.html