Silence prevails at Progress’ sister
Was the Richmond Times-Dispatch too terrified of Style Weekly to let its reporters– or even its editor or publisher– speak to a reporter for a story? If so, the tactic by the 156-year-old daily paper seems to have backfired, since the Style story, by Greg Weatherford, tells plenty of tales anyhow.
For instance, the T-D now ranks its reporters on a 1-5 scale with everyone starting out as a "2" until proven otherwise. “As long as circulation continues to drop," retired T-D music critic Clark Bustard explained, "we are all by definition below average.”
Parent company Media General which also owns Charlottesville's Daily Progress has no major history of Charlottesville accessibility for Hook stories. The paper has declined comment about its $8 Christmas bonuses, its redesign, and– most recently– the controversial decision to name adjudicated juvenile names.