A once unimaginable scenario: No more newspapers
Largely written from a Canadian viewpoint, but apparently, Canda is also facing the same issues as US newsPAPERS.
A once unimaginable scenario has lately become grimly conceivable.
For a look at some depressing metrics, head on over to the story.
Cold turkey from digital!
I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers
It has been life changing. Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.
I wish everyone could try this but imagine the cost. As he notes in the article, Print is expensive. I’m betting that Mr. Manjoo was able to expense the cost of the subscriptions.
I totally agree with him on this:
I began to see it wasn’t newspapers that were so great, but social media that was so bad.
… You don’t have to read a print newspaper to get a better relationship with the news. But, for goodness’ sake, please stop getting your news mainly from Twitter and Facebook. In the long run, you and everyone else will be better off.
Cox Media Group sold the American-Statesman for $47.5 million — or as high as a 7× multiple on the Austin paper’s annual earnings, according to some observers.
Read the details here.
Full disclosure, I work for Cox Media Group, sellers of the Austin American-Statesman and The Palm Beach Post.
Not something that you see every day… or any day. I hope people dropped off some old newspapers for all of the doggos.
Saw this bit of advice on Lifehacker today:
I think the author forgot the sentence about picking up a real-live NewsPAPER.
Once again, someone is sounding the death knell of Newspapers, and byNewsPAPERS, of course, I mean PRINT Newspapers.
This time, it’s The New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, who says that Newspapers have another 10 years before print bites the dust.
A key point:
“Without question we make more money on a print subscriber.”
That’s the key to understanding why NewsPAPERS are still around, That probably won’t change until there’s a flip, where digital subscribers/advertising bring in more ad revenue.
Matter of fact, I don’t think it will take a total flip. I’m making a prediction here: When digital ad revenue hits 51 percent of NewsPAPER’s revenues, they will kill the print product.
I used to tell people that NewsPAPERS would never die until people could take computers into the bathroom with them. I felt pretty solid on that prediction until smartphones came along.
I caught this episode of Japanology Plus on NHK World over the holidays. I recall that the bit was able the popularity of coffee houses in Japan, but it thought it was cool to see an international newspaper reader. I can’t make out what newspaper he’s reading. Anyone want to guess?
Watch the show here.