The Future

I have news, dear reader. Tomorrow will be the last day of the Scratch Pad blog and my last day at Marketplace.

The grant paying for my position is running out, and it won't be renewed. Such are the times. But while the blog as you've known it is going away, Marketplace's commitment to a dynamic, thought-provoking website is not.

I'd like to introduce our new web producer, Matt Berger. Matt has some great ideas for improving Marketplace.org, and he'd like to hear yours as well. Matt writes:

As we bid farewell to the Scratch Pad blog we're excited about what's to come for Marketplace.org. Over the next few weeks and months you will notice a number of changes and additions to the site, including more contributors, new types of multimedia features, and updates to our homepage and site design.

To make this possible, we're investing in new staff and new technology that will allow us to expand our depth and breadth of coverage and provide new ways for our community of listeners to access the editors and reporters who contribute to Marketplace day in and day out.

Some things won't change, however. We'll continue to deliver our regular radio programming, as well as daily reports on business news that matters, and special online features like our popular video series The Whiteboard with Senior Editor Paddy Hirsh, which continues to attract new fans who appreciate Paddy's smart and approachable explanations of complex business subjects.

Before we get too far, we'd love to hear your feedback. How do you think we can we improve Marketplace.org? Post your comments and ideas below...

Please do. As for me, I'll be off to new and exciting adventures. Contact me on Facebook if you'd like to stay in touch.

Apologies for the short notice, but Matt just came on board this week, and we weren't sure exactly how and when we would be making this transition.

I'll write another post tomorrow wrapping things up, but I won't be able to say enough how much I've appreciated your participation in this blog. By adding your diverse knowledge and perspectives, you've greatly enhanced the discussion on our website, and I hope you'll continue to do so going forward.

Many thanks.

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I am really sorry to see you go. I read your blog daily, but never comment. Thanks for all your posts, and good luck in the future.

I've been Scott's "editor" for about a year now.
Not that he ever needed much editing, frankly.
As you know, he has a great sense of humor and a fine sense of right and wrong, and I think those attributes have come through really clearly during his time as our blogger. Not to mention his nose for news, and his enthusiasm for telling a story well.
You've all gotten to know him pretty well over the last year, and I suspect you're going to miss him as much as I will. I hope you'll join me in wishing him all the best, both with his impending nuptials and with the rest of his career.
Congratulations and the best of luck!

I am still looking for the http://slashdot.org of financial news. A place where people with good ideas can read the same financial news and comment on pros and cons in a self-moderated threaded forum. If marketplace could become that kind of news & comment aggregator then I'd be a happy participant.

Fond regards, Mr Jagow.

So did this come as a surprise? Or you knew? Any ideas where you're heading, or would like to head to, next? Besides a tropical island drinking a margarita of course.

This seems a tad Orwellian. Scott is leaving, and yet the new dude welcomes how much better it will be without him (text below). Grants come and go, but is this a way for a show to operate? Really unprofessional. Bye Scott.

As we bid farewell to the Scratch Pad blog we’re excited about what’s to come for Marketplace.org. Over the next few weeks and months you will notice a number of changes and additions to the site, including more contributors, new types of multimedia features, and updates to our homepage and site design.

Scott, I was just about to bookmark your blog for my Dad because it's so smart and so helpful, and one of the only places I check daily. I have been so grateful for the wide access you gave us to so many view points, and stories I would never have found on my own. I will miss the comments of a view specific bloggers, but I will really miss your sensibility and perspectives. I wish we could have known in time to donate money to keep you. What a loss. Good luck to you. Thank you for greeting us for so many mornings on the air, and then on my laptop. I will really miss you.

Sorry to see you go. I have enjoyed reading your blog it is refreshingly insightful, truthful, relevant, and humorous. God bless

I will miss your blog too. T'was one of my favorites and your posts were concise, relavent, and as always, a good read. Take care and I wish you the best of luck!

Bummer! :( You used to be the reason I got up early, to hear your morning report. Then you became the only reason I'd ever visit the Marketplace site (actually just learned right now that it existed - I only ever came for your blog). Now... Well, I hope you still drop some of those witty insights on Facebook and let us know where you go! Thanks for everything. You made journalism fun again!

Sad news for me, for sure. Scott you have given me many perspectives on the business times we live in that I could not have gotten anywhere else. You will be missed!!!


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