Philadelphia Inquirer managing editor Mike Leary told staffers on August 7, in a memo reprinted on Romanesko, that the newspaper would hold off posting investigative, enterprise, trend stories, features, and reviews to Philly.com until they appear on paper. Leary emphasized that the newspaper – which shares Philly.com with the Philadelphia Daily News – will still emphasize breaking news online.
Reaction from the Web skewed to negative. Jeff Jarvis said: “This is insane. Even the slowest, most curmudgeonly, most backward in your dying, suffering industry would not be this stupid anymore.”
On the pro-Inquirer side, Howard Owens advocated using the Web to create a distinct product. “With proper focus and strategy, there is reason for a good-sized, well-run newspaper operation to repurpose its print product for online,” he said. “All of those resources should allow the online operation to feed off, but not be a duplicate of, the print operations. It should allow a newspaper operation to avoid the soul-sucking, readership-killing, repurposing of print content online and the aggressive pursuit of Web-centric content practices.”