Lots of layoffs at The Birmingham News and local television stations... and also salary cuts for remaining employees as well as salary freezes. I've also found the reporting at the Birmingham News website to be thin; I think the News can sometimes do good work... we've had some interesting (!) politics here and there are some good reporters. Across print (including weekly papers) & broadcast here, I am dismayed by how conservative the media can be... there isn't enough balance. Or unbiased reporting. Overall, I worry that the quality of journalism will suffer if media do not find a sustainable business model that will pay journalists a decent salary to do good reporting & writing full-time. Don't want to see them cave to advertisers who try to control content, don't want to see them become part of a larger group of papers with canned generic stories.