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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Will sale of The Telegraph affect GraniteGeek? Darned if I know!

The newspaper chain that has owned The Telegraph since the 1970s has put the paper on the block. I'm not far enough up the food chain to know about potential buyers, but this news makes the future status of the fine journalistic enterprise known as GraniteGeek at least a bit uncertain.

Thinking about the future made me face the fact that, like most reporters, I know zero about my audience. For 30 years - actually, more like 35 (egad!) - I've done reporting and tossed it up in the air for all and sundry to admire, counting on some over-arching company, whether various newspapers as a staffer or various publications as a freelancer, to figure out whether anybody was interested and somehow make money from it. Kind of lazy, when you think about it.

So in this moment of transition I thought I'd make at least a feeble effort to find out more - and yes, "old dog/new tricks" is appropriate.

If you're a reasonably regular reader of this blog (is that too old-fashioned a term? should I use some social media buzzword?), I'd enjoy hearing from you at granitegeek@gmail.com.

You can tell me as little or as much as you'd like, but here's one thing I'd like to know: If you read this blog regularly, do you also read any part of The Telegraph regularly? I'm curious how much overlap is in the audience.

Thanks. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.