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are newspapers dead ?

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    It is going to be tough to cater to potential customers while maintaining an unbiased position presenting the news. Hopefully the country will lean to the left embracing free health insurance for all and an attempt to reach living wages. But a left lean will make it hard to sell advertising to large companies. Hopefully an awareness of problems will highlight JFK's ask not what your country can do for you and big companies will carry through with JFK's challenge. It is possible that big money can recognize the pride of enabling happy healthy workers to support their families.
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    Not enough people read newspapers. If they did, Trump would not be president due to the fact that every major newspaper in the country (including the Arizona Republic) had printed editorials claiming that he was unfit to be president.The Republic's endorsement of Hillary Clinton was the first time in the paper's history that it had not endorsed a Republican to be president.

    As more and more ad revenue goes digital, newspapers are experiencing declining revenues, and are surviving by merging. In August of 2019, New Media Investment Group, a holding company that controls GateHouse Media, announced that it had agreed to buy Gannett (which owns the Republic) , the owner of USA Today and more than 100 other publications nationwide, in a transaction valued at roughly $1.4 billion.

    The companies expect that savings from the merger, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year, would total as much as $300 million annually. And though they said the merger would “enhance quality journalism,” both companies have cut costs in recent years by laying off journalists.

    This morning. Laurie Roberts published an excellent article about illegal immigrants, which prompted me to send her a letter with my compliments. I quickly received this note in response:

    "Thanks for writing. I am on furlough until Monday, April 20 and not allowed to access this email account."

    So ..

    Radio Sputnik started operating in Kansas City in March of this year, FOX is little more than an American version of RT (Russia Today) , but our own journalists (who are working remotely) are not allowed to access their email accounts.

    To quote Emma Gonzales (Parkland survivor) "we call BS".

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    We're all familiar with the fact that Trump doesn't like to read intelligence reports, and he doesn't read a lot of books, even though he is the "author" on a number of them.

    You would likely assume that he doesn't spend much time reading newspapers, but that is actually not true.

    Every morning before dawn, according to current and former White House officials, Trump has four daily newspapers — The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post — delivered to the White House residence.

    In addition to his diet of major newspapers, Trump relies on paper copies of articles culled from elsewhere each day by his staff. The papers and printouts are cherished tools that allow him to monitor the coverage of his administration, reward allies and rebuke critics with dashed-off personal notes.

    Because Trump doesn’t use a computer or read the news online, the staff secretary’s office prints out the Drudge Report every day to show the president, according to a former White House official.

    Trump wields his daily print clipping ritual as both carrot and stick, praising those who praise him and torching his critics. His outbox is also an internal management tool, a tactic to buck up sagging staff morale during a tumultuous first term.

    The intelligence community exploits Trump’s hardwired preference for print as well. Visually arresting infographics and hard copy, high-resolution maps sometimes make their way into the President’s Daily Brief, or PDB, to help Trump comprehend complex national security matters. Intelligence officials know that he best digests complex information when it is coupled with visual aids and laid out on a tactile page, according to an administration official.

    Unlike Trump, Barack Obama reads a LOT of books:

    In an interview with Rolling Stone in 2012, he also admitted that he reads a lot of newspapers - and he watches very little TV.

    "Home late at night, I’ll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart’s brilliant. It’s amazing to me the degree to which he’s able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense – for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.

    I spend a lot of time just reading reports, studies, briefing books, intelligence assessments.

    I’ll thumb through all the major papers in the morning. I’ll read the Times and Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, just to catch up.

    Do you read Paul Krugman?
    I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan’s on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work. Every once in a while, I sneak in a novel or a nonfiction book.

    I thought you were going to say Playboy.
    No [laughs].

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    Paper print is pretty much becoming extinct, I believe people turn to the internet to get their news.
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    I agree, but newspapers are finding creative ways to stay in business.

    The New York Times was one of the first newspapers to publish online, which they started doing in 1996. At some point after 2005, I started paying $15 a month so that I could read the paper online everyday. After I moved to Arizona in 2011, I also started paying $20 a month for a subscription to the Arizona Republic (which is now more than $30 a month) , which gave me digital access every day, but it also gave me print copies on Sunday and Wednesday (I am NEVER giving up my Sunday comics.)

    I also read the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, the Tucson Daily Star, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post every day. Until yesterday, I didn't pay for any of them.

    I am now paying $10 a month for an online subscription to the Washington Post.

    Donald Graham, son of the Washington Post’s legendary publisher Katharine Graham, was the first to suggest Bezos buy the Post. Bezos, he thought, had the requisites of a promising buyer.

    Bezos countered that idea; he had no interest in such an investment. By Bezos’s own accord, he wasn’t looking to purchase or invest in the newspaper business at all. He had no knowledge of newspapers.

    Graham reminded him it wasn’t newspaper expertise they were after, but mastery of the internet. Bezos said he would think about it. “I had to do some soul-searching….Is this something I want to get involved in?” he said. If he did decide to do it, he knew he would have to put "some heart into it and some work into it."

    The financials of the business weren’t promising. Bezos admitted the business was “upside-down.” As a high fixed-cost business, they were bleeding money. It wasn’t an intrinsic operational issue, but the changing landscape. “The internet was just eroding all the advantages that local newspapers had. All of them.”

    Instead, Bezos relied on intuition to guide him.

    Bezos drew his optimism from one simple fact. The internet destroyed most advantages newspapers had built. But it did offer “one gift: free global distribution.

    With Bezos's help, The Post developed a new strategy to “take advantage of that gift.” They implemented a new business model. The old model relied on generating a high revenue per reader. Their new focus would forego revenue per reader in favor of acquiring more readers. In other words, a volume play.

    Bezo's purchase of the Post turned out to be a good business investment.

    By January of 2018, the Post had had two consecutive years of profit, which will help the paper expand its Washington, D.C., headquarters, grow its editorial team to more than 800, and continue to invest in technology.

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    Are newspapers dead ? Not if you need to wrap a couple of fish before you walk home.

    I think they'll significantly downsize and stop printing actual editions. Electronic daily issue because 95% of American people have and constantly carry their smart phone.

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    I used to buy the Chicago Tribune & Sun Times Sunday issues, sometimes just to get the store coupons. On rare occasions on Mondays, before the unsold Sunday papers were picked up by the distributer, the corner store used to allow us to pick through the center sections which contained hoards of store coupons, but not anymore, around my area, even coupons are now electronic, they call them e-clips.

    I have old an old copy of the Bears winning the super bowl, and the bulls 3 peat series, and the cubs winning the most recent world series. I also have a full box of Wheaties with Sweetness' picture on the front.

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    This cartoon pretty well sums things up: