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Old 05-19-2008, 10:17 AM  
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Are Newspapers dead?

IM not talking about the Internet news. IM talking about the traditional "papers" you buy for .50 or .75 cents everyday. (or $1.50) on Sundays.

This little passage from Peter Kings MMQ got me to thinking. Do you still read the paper??





http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...16/mmqb/3.html





I think it's a rotten week for newspapers. Really rotten, and not just because of the horrendous mistake by the Boston Herald.

One of the reasons I've always been such an avid newspaper person is because of writers like Tony Kornheiser. He's terrific on Pardon the Interruption, but he'll never, ever be better at anything than writing a newspaper column.

Last week, he took a buyout from his paper, the Washington Post, which, even though he hasn't been writing for the paper recently because of his TV commitments, is another nail in the coffin of the fishwrappers some of us still spend breakfast and commutes with.

I called Kornheiser, who told me he could still make a deal with the Post to allow him to write occasionally for the paper. But he was fairly fatalistic about the industry. "Newspapers aren't dying,'' he said. "They're dead. But was it a sad day when the guys who made the great buggywhips and the beautiful classic carriages saw the first cars rolling off the assembly line? No. It was progress.''

I'll disagree, in this vein: The morning won't be the morning for me without a paper with my Cheerios. But his point is valid. We're just getting the news delivered in a different way. Kornheiser is like me -- a 'net devotee. As long as there are good reporters working out here, he thinks all is not lost.

"What would be terrible is if we didn't have good reporters still out there," he said. "I fear more that reporters who do the persistent grunt work may not be there. I'm a yodeler who does skeet-shooting. I need stories to respond to.''

The yodeling is fine. Someone's got to find a way to get Kornheiser back to writing, too. He's too good for us not to have the chance to read him occasionally
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:30 AM   #2
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I subscribe to the Rocky Mountain News and read it while I'm on the bus on the way to work. If I didn't take the bus, though, I probably wouldn't ever read it.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:35 AM   #3
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:36 AM   #4
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Due to being in the direct mail advertising business I keep up with on a regular basis and our local paper's subscriptions have dropped dramatically in the last few years,it's also happening on a nationwide basis which I'm hoping means increased clients for our company in the coming months/years.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:41 AM   #5
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:43 AM   #6
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:44 AM   #7
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:52 AM   #8
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:54 AM   #9
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:00 AM   #10
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I used to read the Chicago Sun Times almost daily, but not anymore. Doesn't help that its degenerated into a pandering, sensationalistic rag. And if there's a bigger whining douche sportswriter out there than Jay Mariotti, I can't imagine who it would be. Contributing even the slightest amount to his salary isn't something I care to do. And the Chicago Tribune has always sucked.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:07 AM   #11
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I'd subscribe to the newspaper if it were in a magazine type format. I find it cumbersome and awkward to hold the paper.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:10 AM   #12
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One of the reasons I've always been such an avid newspaper person is because of writers like Tony Kornheiser. He's terrific on Pardon the Interruption, but he'll never, ever be better at anything than writing a newspaper column.
Whaaaaat?!!!!!! That show sucks as much as Kornholer on MNF.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:11 AM   #13
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I have home delivery of the Albuquerque Journal 7 days a week. the sports page is almost worthless but the rest of it is passable. I've read the paper most every day since I was old enough to read a baseball box score and I'll probably continue to read one for the rest of my life, assuming they're still around.

Having said that, the company I work for rarely does newspaper advertising these days. Even just ten years back the paper was a great way to promote a sale, a really quick bang for the buck, but not anymore. Generally, the only response we get from print ads is from people past retirement age. Not that we don't love their business but we need more than that to justify the expense.
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:12 AM   #14
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Old 05-19-2008, 11:14 AM   #15
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