for sale … anyone … anyone … ?


The Wisconsin man who has owned is selling the domain name and hoping to get up to $1 million for it. “[Francis Diederich] bought the domain back in 1994 or 1995 and always thought he would do something with it, but he never developed it,” says broker John Cribb, who is handling the sale. (The site is currently a newspaper website directory.) “He turned down big money for it in the old days — he had offers of $750,000 and $1 million,” says Cribb. “My guess is that somewhere between $400,000 and a million is what he’d like to get now.” Cribb says appears as the first or second result in a Google search for newspapers. (The New York Times, he notes, owns


Talk about missing the boat. Hasn’t this guy heard that newspapers are dying? He should of grabbed and cash and ran while he could.

Or, should he hold out until newspapers rebound? And then sell the domains for the big bucks.

However, when the rebound happens are we still going to call them newspapers?

Maybe he did miss the boat.


Newspapers Death Watch: Part 2

Daily newspaper delivery will go the way of the milkman in a growing number of communities in 2012 and beyond.

My good friend the Newsosaur points out that in park of Michigan, daily newspapers are reducing the number of days they offer home delivery.

Forget about a 7-day delivery schedule, some are opting for a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday sked. That doesn’t mean they’re not printing everyday, it just means you won’t be able to pick the paper out of your bushes on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

And, of course, circulation numbers continue to fall there.

Ol’ Newsosaur points out:

On average, the industry reaps less than 14% of its ad revenues from digital media, according to the NAA.

To me that’s the heart of the matter. Stockholders and bean counters (and just about everyone in the newsroom) wants digital to work out, but where’s the money?

Where’s the money? That’s the big question.That old cash cow ain’t milking like she used to. Back in the day they said that owning a newspaper was like owning a printing press for money.

In the future (like, now) we’ll have to lower our expectations and wake up to the fact that old Bossy isn’t going back to her days of productive youth.

How about we figure out how to bump up that 14% ? Anyone?

Newspapers Death Watch: Part 1

2. “Newspapers”

University of Southern California researchers predict that within five years, “only four major daily newspapers will continue in print.” Tragically, that suggests that when I explain my career and I show my kid a newspaper, I’ll be pointing at a museum’s glass case.

Nearly leading the list in this Alertnet blog, “Daddy, What’s a Union?” 10 Words Our Kids May Not Recognize, this comes in as Number 2.

Newspapers will be around, no matter what the format is. Until we can come up with a catchy new word, IF the printed version every dies, we’ll still call our electronic progeny a “Newspaper,” similar to how we still call them “Albums” even though most of gave up vinyl a loooooog time ago.

How to turn a newspaper page in only 18 steps

Joseph Herscher takes a sip of his coffee to set off an over engineered Rube Golberg-like contraption(s) to ….. …… ….. …. .. eventually turn his newspaper page. I love the part with the MacBook Pro going over the edge of the table, but y’all gotta love the hamster!

For an interactive full description of the machine: