The Las Cruces Sun-News laid off three journalists and eliminated their positions on Wednesday, and the newspaper’s top editor voluntarily resigned. One of them is Steve Ramirez, a long time reporter for the newspaper and an avid Aggie fan.
People always nagging about the LC Sun news and it's a crappy place to work
Any place that has severe budget cuts is a crappy place to work. Especially in the eyes of long term employees who are always reminiscing about the good ol' days. Everyone has to split a bigger portion of the responsibilities.
The Sun News and Las Cruces has lost a significant member of the community with this sad news today.
Steve Ramirez is a quality individual who's character, dedication, and loyalty to Las Cruces, the Bulldogs, and the Aggies cannot be questioned. Steve worked for the USA Today back in the day, and came home to serve his hometown, contribute his expertise to Las Cruces and the Sun News for all these years because that is his hometown and where his loyalty resides.
Steve Ramirez is the embodiment of Las Cruces and the small hometown we all grew up in. While others left town to pursue riches, fame, and fortune, Steve Ramirez remained at home and kept the home fires burning with his excellent storytelling and reporting for the local newspaper.
Steve Ramirez is a personal friend of mine and a tremendous person, the likes of which is rarely seen today. Truthful, honest, smart, and a great storyteller, Steve could bring tears to the readers eyes, make them want to run through a brick wall, and make them proud to be a LCHS Bulldog or NMSU Aggie or Lynn Jr. High Cougar.
Salt of the Earth is defined as: salt of the earth Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com noun 1. an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society. Steve is a Salt of the Earth type of person.
This news makes me realize that my time on earth is quickly drawing to a close, and that things are changing and the old days of newsprint making a paperboys hands turn black are all over. Now the world is run in Tweet fashion, Facebook posts, and InstantGram pictures. I want nothing to do with the social media of today and I refuse to participate on Facebook, Twitter, or InstantGram. And I do not feel like I am missing one thing by not being hooked on these applications.
Steve Ramirez is the real deal. A Las Cruces Hall of Famer. A real example of an era gone by.
Thanks Steve for being my friend and thanks for staying in Las Cruces and keeping it real and keeping it alive for us all, with your tremendous writing and storytelling.
I will miss your Sun News articles and your wise takes on the pulse of the City we all grew up in.
The newspaper business is not what it was -- but I still consume the LC Sun-News content even though I live 2000 miles away - the reason, boots on the ground. There is no replacement for local coverage of news than a local newspaper, and local reporters.
The thing newspapers don't get is the changing way their content is consumed. They need to be agile in the every-changing information consumption patterns - all while trying to earn $$$ to pay the staff. A challenge, no doubt.
About 20+ years ago I remember asking the then-editor of the LC Sun News how print media would survive in the emerging digital age. His reply was, "we'll have to adjust".
As hard as newspapers have tried, they continue to struggle. Look at how archaic newspaper deliver is. A story is written the day before. It has to be printed (expensive) and delivered (more expense) to your doorstep. By the time one reads many stories, it can be 24 hours old or more. More and more people want their information and they want it now. While every newspaper has an e-edition, they are not as effective in generating revenue because people don't want to pay for online subscriptions, and people don't seem to respond to online advertising.
The problem is that newspaper reporters always have been the ones who dug deep that provided the insight to broadcast journalists, most of whom are writing 30-to-60 second stories. My degree from NMSU is in journalism and mass communications and the continued loss of print will continue to have a negative impact on news and sports.
We are living in an instant-gratification world, and that not only is a journalism issue, but a societal issue as well.
Many other newspaper and even radio stations in same boat. KOA just fired the radio director and play by play person for the Buffs. He will keep his job with Buffs as to popular but no radio station job. Media and advertising are changing.
I do miss reading the paper each morning. As a kid we used to deliver the Journal in Socorro. So I would get up early with my dad and deliver the paper and then I would read the entire sports section every morning when we were done. It is a ritual I miss.... things are so different now. My kids are in their mid-20s and can't believe we used to have to wait until the next day for the news. Different world for sure.