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 have listened to your reporting when you were host of the Marketplace Morning Report and when you spearheaded After the Bell. I have read your blog every day when I am at my computer. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. I hope you will be one of the contributors to Marketplace.org.
I also ask that the Scratch Pad is kept for a time. It is not only just a stories that you found interesting but certainly added a depth of knowledge to Marketplace.
Once again, best fortunes for all you undertake.
Juan Luna

I miss hearing your voice on my morning drives in, but enjoyed reading your notes in the evening. Good luck with your future endeavours.

Scott, sorry to hear of our mutual loss of your reporting, this weblog and your tweets. Best to you in the future.

Hey Scott, I like you blog and even before that I loved listening to you in the MarketPlace Morning Report.

You will be missed!


I have really, really enjoyed reading your blog and getting your insight into all the crazy things happening these days. You always impressed me with your witty, informative and oftentimes hilarious writing, just as you did when you were the voice of Marketplace Morning Report. I will miss getting to read your thoughts everyday, but I wish you all the best.

Marketplace has a long list of guests and contributors that are authors. I would like a way to find those individuals and the book they were discussing on Marketplace. For example on March 25th Ted Conover was talking about his book "The Routes of Man". Unless I knew it was on that episode or his name or his book title, there would be no way I could find that easily on your website. I am often listening to your show in the car and it is not feasible to break out a pen and paper to write this information down. A guests page would be nice that lists everyone in chronological order of appearance would be nice.

Thanks, love the show.

Scott, I'm so very sorry to hear this. Your frequent updates are always informative and often very funny. Without you, I might have gone through life without having ever seen a "demon sheep" — and that would not be a life worth living. All my best wishes for a bright and fulfilling future. And I still miss hearing you every morning on the Morning Report, although I'm sure you do not miss that sadistic schedule!

I really enjoyed your blog and will miss it.

Scott, Your blog is the reason I visit marketplace website. I really enjoyed your posts. Good luck.

Thank you Scott, we will miss you.


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