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Published: Sunday, Dec. 26 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Chad S
Derby, KS

How 'bout an iPad app?

maidenwings
westvalley, Utah

For every day past years I lived here.
I make time to read or focus to listen to
KSL radio such a widespread from all the callers of many fun real great ideas!!

Good to know whats its like to Live in Utah.
As Many things we have here to enjoy the Lifestyle)

Ogdenite
Lincoln, NE

Here is the translation of this letter:

Dear Readers,
Some things have happened that we didn't want to happen, so we were forced to make changes that we didn't want to make. In order to survive, these changes will be permanent, until newspapers become an obsolete medium. Until then, we appreciate your patience.

LuVePacifica
westvalley, Utah

My sunt loves the articles and collects the best of stories.. thanks again Desert news

ljeppson
Salt Lake City, UT

Well fine, but you represent only one political/economic ideology on your editorial page. Variety only intrudes on the blogs. Soon that intrusion may disappear and you can preach to the choir exclusively.

Brushowl
Mapleton, UT

Sounds like the last will and testament of a dying entity to me.

My2Pence
Pleasant Grove, UT

Among the sea of media voices, It's nice to find sites like the Deseret News, that closer reflect my personal views.

For those who don't like the editorial slant provided by the DN, isn't it great there are lots of online options available? No one has to listen to the preaching of a particular choir, if they prefer a different style altogether.

ljeppson
Salt Lake City, UT

Through the years I've considered the Deseret News to be a pretty decent paper overall. I enjoy much of its content and format, but I'm pretty political. I go to the opinion page first, and there I find only one view pushed by the editorial writers and the columnists. "For those who don't like the editorial slant provided by the DN, isn't it great there are lots of online options available?" Thank goodness for that - I think I'll take your advice M2y2Pence.

souptwins
Lindon, UT

The changes at the DNews were done in the name of survival in changing technology -- which is fine. What is NOT fine is that what's being published continues to call itself a "newspaper". Journalism is meant to be balanced, researched, and objective. While this is clearly a pie-in-the-sky objective, it's one the public deserves to at least be sought after. The new DNews makes NO attempt to be any of these things and should thus, discontinue to call itself a newspaper. Many of the contributing writers have no training in journalism and may even be PR agents pushing an agenda. Even if I'm okay with that agenda, it should be disclosed as such. Maybe the title "Deseret Collection of Blogs" would be a more fitting title.

Not So Fast
Salt Lake City, UT

So you fired some of your best writers, hire non-journalists and wave it in our faces like it is a giant step up? Are those "best of" lists that you seem to send online so often the replacement of news stories? I don't buy the big improvements you boast of at all.

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

For years, our family has taken both papers, the Deseret News and the Tribune. We continue to do so. We appreciate obtaining a more complete perspective on events. There are stories one paper covers that the other doesn't. The Tribune continues to be a newspaper, and now includes some of my favorite DNews writers. The Deseret News is now more of a news magazine, with an incresing number of fluff pieces. They both have a place in the market. For news, go with the Tribune.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Now go back to afternoon delivery so the news is fresher and I will subscribe again.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'You may have appreciated, for example, how we have explored the impact that pornography abuse has on women (sic) and the role of faith in the community.' - Article

While I appreciate the attempts by those at the DSNews to try to be fair and balanced...

I cannot say that has happened.

The more 'editorials' I have seen from DSNews only reveals the agenda of it's parent faith that funds and operates this newspaper. Any differing viewpoints are dismissed, if mentioned at all.

True journalism views BOTH sides of an issue, gives all information availible and lets the reader decide.

That does not happen in the DSNews.

Voice of Reason
Layton, UT

People on here trying to criticize the Deseret News for being one-sided editorially and writing supposed "fluff pieces" need to actually read the DesNews and other papers, and actually compare them. They will find, of course, that the vast majority of large-circulation newspapers - like the DN and the Tribune - have a predominant editorial slant. The Deseret News tends to be moderately conservative, and the Tribune tends to be solidly liberal. It's a myth that most newspapers carefully "balance" their editorial viewpoints to be in the political center; most in fact fall on one side or the other.

And the Deseret News does do investigative pieces on occasion, such as the pornography series, just like other mainstream newspapers do. And just like other papers, their subjects will reflect the dominant interests of their readership.

Finally, it's hardly groundbreaking that the Deseret News takes into account the strongly expressed wishes of its owners on certain subjects...again, just like other mainstream newspapers. The Tribune is, of course, subject to the same owner influence. It's a fanciful myth that there's a world where newspaper editors are free to constantly support positions strongly opposed to their owners.

USA
Salt Lake City, UT

Voice of Reason, please reread my post. My family takes and reads both the Deseret News and the Tribune daily. Have for years. There are more light-weight or essay-type articles in the DNews since the recent changes.

Considering
Stockton, UT

It is good to read both the SL Trib and the Deseret News. That way a person gets his liberal, anti-mormon view of the news and a liberal, pro-mormon view of the news.

The DesNew's 6 focus areas are all a bit like motherhood and apple-pie: who could oppose any. But I'm waiting for the paper to take the hard stands. Fiscal responsibility is much needed. But where are the editorials against bonding for luxuries? Where are the editorials in favor a reducing spending and in what areas?

Quality education? Much needed. Does the DesNews offer any solutions other than worn out sound bites? Any REAL change to a system that seems to have gone steadily down hill since perhaps the 60s, certainly since Carter made the Department of Education a cabinet level position?

Yes, Williams and Sowell are carried. But are we to believe there are not any LOCAL conservatives or libertarians who might be qualified to contribute to the pages or even sit on an editorial board?

Papers are in trouble not because of the media, but because of the one-sided, group-think, worn out message presented.

Voice of Reason
Layton, UT

USA, my post was more directed at ljeppson & others who were more strident in their scorn for the DesNews; I thought your post was thoughtful and well-written. You're certainly entitled to your opinion, and I might even agree with you that some pieces are "fluff"...but my only point was that one man's fluff piece might be another man's news story, and vice-versa. It's pretty subjective most of the time.

And frankly, I'm tired of people calling the DesNews a "liberal" newspaper, which it obviously is not...at least not compared to the American political center of gravity. It might be "liberal" compared to one person's even more conservative point of view, but not compared to most Americans. Let's be honest: the DesNews is right of center, and the Trib is left.

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