Monday, October 15, 2007

More bad news for newspapers?

Seems like bad news comes in bunches for the newspaper industry these days.

A recent story in the Financial Times noted that a newsstand in New York City has stopped selling newspapers. The owner said he makes more money selling candy and besides, newspaper peddling is just “not worth it.”

The article continues:

The people who distribute newspapers in New York are always late, said our man. ‘And they rip me off.’ He was making 2c on a Post (cover price 25c), 5c on a Daily News (25c) and 9c on a New York Times ($1.25). A plastic bag costs him 3c.

Has it come to this? Will we be reduced to reading gum wrappers and cigarette packs on the subway or in the coffee shop?

Or do you already get all of your news via your computer or PDA?

-TOM LINTHICUM, Executive Editor

1 comment:

J. Newburn said...

As a point of reference, I've never read your paper before. Actually, I've never read any newspaper for more than a month's stretch, and that was only after an arduous, disciplined attempt to read newspapers because I was *supposed to.* Can't stand 'em. Can't stand the way they tend to frame situations and identify *news.*

I'm born in 1963 and am part of what is considered the "early wave Gen Xers." I now read your blog posts because they show up in a list of blogs I check, over at ezColumbia.com.

I like your blog posts. Your paper is now on my radar screen.

I'm just one person, of course, and provide only one perspective, but I'd recommend some serious study of generational cycles if you want to keep your paper afloat. Strauss and Howe is where you want to start.