Thursday, March 12, 2009

Trying Times for Local Newspapers Across America

TT Note: It seems impossible. Our nation which has relied on the printed newspaper for so long is saying goodbye to many of them. Long gone are the days of the young boy standing on the street corner shouting "Extra, extra, read all about it."

My dad's first job as a young teen was standing outside a huge theatre in a large city shouting those words and selling the paper. He remembered those days fondly as it was really cool to see the large acts like Lawrence Welk and the Big Bands come through town.

Gone are the days of young boys on their bicycles delivering newspapers throughout the neighborhoods. Do our youth of today even know they existed?

It is sad to see so many newspapers go down. The economy has certainly played its role in adding nails to the coffin. But I wonder how many editors contributed to their own demise by focusing on extreme sensationalism or negative news? Just a thought.

As Cities Go From Two Papers to One, Talk of Zero

By Richard PÉREZ-PEÑA
Published: March 11, 2009

The history of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer stretches back more than two decades before Washington became a state, but after 146 years of publishing, the paper is expected to print its last issue next week, perhaps surviving only in a much smaller online version.

And it is not alone.....http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/12/business/media/12papers.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hp

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