One year ago, we launched the first edition of the Buenos Aires Times and to celebrate, this weekend we’ll be printing a special anniversary edition dedicated to one subject: the crisis facing the media industry.
In a world where circulation numbers and sales are dropping, with social media and ‘fake news’ on the rise and Big Tech companies swallowing up advertising revenues, we’ll look at the challenges facing media outlets both in Argentina and across the world. The industry, no doubt, is in crisis – in Argentina alone, more than 2,400 journalists have lost their job since the beginning of 2016, unions say.
For some this decision may seem a little strange. And yes, admittedly, it’s been a week where the headlines have been made by currency, Cristina and calls from protesters to protect public education.
So let me explain a little.
The existence of our humble newspaper, as I’ve outlined a few times before, is a consequence of the closure of the Buenos Aires Herald, my former employer. Indeed, many of this year’s editions of the Times have carried the simple strapline: ‘Tributo de diario Perfil al Buenos Aires Herald.’
I’m a stickler for tradition and we’ve decided to look to that newspaper again for inspiration with this weekend’s special edition. Each year, on its own anniversary of its first edition, the Herald would dedicate an entire supplement to one theme, inviting columnists, reporters and graphic designers to contribute to a supplement taking a deeper look at an important issue. It was a moment to take stock, to look at an issue in a wider context, to pose questions (and perhaps supply a few answers).
I like that idea so much, I've decided to steal, sorry, borrow it.
For any organisation – let alone a new, fledgling, young media outlet – reaching the first year is a landmark. But this Saturday, rather than celebrate our own existence in this challenging landscape before us, we want to turn the spotlight around and focus it on the rest of our peers in the media.