10 more years until the end?

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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.


Star Wars, the long, long tail


Die-hard Star War fans should head on over to The New York Times store and take a look at their new coffee table book, “STAR WARS A chronicle from the pages of The New York Times


The 12″ x 15″ coffee table book chronicles the public and critical reception of the sci-fi film and its historical and cultural impact. It contains all the important Times articles about the films and their legacy, including reviews, news articles, graphics, photos, obituaries and behind-the-scenes exclusives.


Four years before the first “Star Wars” movie was released, The New York Times signaled to readers that the sci-fi film was approaching our world. In a 1973 feature on director George Lucas, Judy Klemesrud wrote, “George is currently working on another science fiction screenplay, ‘The Star Wars,’ which he describes as a ‘real gee whiz movie’ in the Flash Gordon-Buck Rogers tradition.”

The movie title was later shortened and when it opened in 1977, Times film critic Vincent Canby knew he had seen something special. He wrote, “Star Wars is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made.”

“In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” is the ultimate anthology of Times coverage of the “Star Wars” franchise. This “Star Wars” history book, packed with more than 85 reprinted Times pages, takes you on a fantastic journey from the 1970s to 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

An epic gift for the diehard Star Wars enthusiast, the hardcover book features stately leatherette binding and its cover can be personalized. The pages are printed on premium paper with a light gray tint to accent the historical nature of the pages. Each book comes with a 2.5″ x 7.5″ magnifier and a certificate of authenticity.

Produced in Vermont.

$80 + shipping and this can be yours.

Those were the days: NYT 1942


The New York Times sports section is assembled in the composing room in this photo taken in September, 1942.

Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.

Head on over to Mashable to see some old timey photos of  white guys putting out the The New York Times.

Great design in the Potterverse

Visitors at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood. CREDIT: Valerie Macon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images via The New York Times

Best fake newspaper that I’ve seen today. Kudos to the creatives at Universal Studios on the design of the Daily Prophet, the newspaper of record in the Potterverse. To me it looks very Mirror-ish or Nail Mail-ish from the ’50s or ’60s. At least this is what I think they would have looked like.

The photo accompanied a New York Times opinion piece. You can read it here.

The New York Times is officially b**-s*** crazy!


I somehow missed this story at the end of May, but WHAT THE WHAT!!!

A snip from The Washington Post blog:

Our goal is to significantly shift the balance of editors to reporters at The Times, giving us more on-the-ground journalists developing original work than ever before.

As a former copy editor I can attest, and I’m sure that most other former and the few remaining copy editors will agree — most reporters can’t write. They can report, but they  don’t know jack about grammar and the rules of writing. They don’t know the difference between there and their, pane and pain, etc… and don’t me started with its and it’s.

This is not going to end well. If I was a copy editor at The NYT, I’d be applying for a job on the corrections desk. I have a feeling it’s going to become very busy.