Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Metropolitan Dailies-Shrinking in Number

Cliff Note: I will get back to my regular posting tomorrow. I will be taking a vacation day tomorrow as my wife wants me to go to her doctor's appointment with her.

I saw on line and saw on television that the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is going to digital only after today. The daily paper in the major metrolpolitan areas is becoming an endangered species. With all the television news outlets and the internet, by the time you read it in the latest newspaper, it's history.

With the ability to post free classified ads online, the necessity for that service is declining.

The daily paper is needed for less and less. I still like to read the funnies but I can also get that online.

Letters to the editor? This is where blogs come in handy. Besides, most areas have a weekly paper for that and other services.

Seeing that I can't take my laptop everywhere and get access to the web, newspapers won't become entirely extinct any time soon, but they will not exist as we have come to know them.

8 comments:

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

I'm about to post on TSMW about this very issue, Cliff...

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

Something similar exists in this area. It's the Community Press (in Ohio) and Community Recorder (in Kentucky) newspapers. Each paper covers one part of Greater Cincinnati. There are 17 of them that cover much of N KY and parts of Southwest Ohio. They collect a modest $2.50 every month I think it is, which isn't too bad, considering these are weeklies, so you're getting each paper for around 62 cents.

J. Moses(Tri-State Media Watch Editor) said...

By the way, I did not mention that while they're also owned by Gannett, which owns the Enquirer, they are very much each a separate operation, and each one has its own newsroom, writers, etc..

Leesa said...

I am not a big fan of media consolidation - I get the weekend paper, but that is all I read. I like print media. But I can see why they are struggling.

Jen said...

Not surprising. I get the Sunday paper-I didn't even subscibe to it. ?? I use the coupons and the rest just goes to recycle.
I do get my weekly local that Jeremy is talking about. I do like it for local info. and it is cheap.

Pat Jenkins said...

i am not one who is all to thrilled with losing the "daily rag" i still enjoy it.

Pigeon said...

My husband still loves to read the Plain Dealer. He buys one a work and reads it on his lunch break. He brings me home articles circled in read for me to read all the time. I get my news fix mostly from CNN and the Huffington Post on line.

SandyCarlson said...

The weeklies are drying up in Connecticut. And the dailies' daddies are going bankrupt. The alternative media--us--seems to be becoming the source.