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Another one-paper town - RonO's Ramblings

Mar. 16th, 2009 12:45 pm Another one-paper town

The AP is now reporting here that The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will cease creating a print edition.

So after the loss of The Albuquerque Tribune and The Rocky Mountain News, The P-I is another paper I used to read, at least occasionally, that is no more.

How many more two paper (or more) towns are left? (debgeisler posted a link to a list of threatened newspapers a while back, which gives some clue)

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From:rmeidaking
Date:March 16th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Detroit still has the News (conservative) and Free Press (liberal) but they have been using the same presses for years. Both are now down to every-other-day home delivery (on alternate days) although I've been told one can still buy a print edition every day, and they have online versions available.

The crisis here is being caused not by reader habits, but by the drop in revenue from auto dealers and realtors, which no longer buy whole sections worth of display ads like they did just a few months ago.
From:rono_60103
Date:March 16th, 2009 10:30 pm (UTC)
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... but they have been using the same presses for years.

As I understand it, all three of the now shut down papers I mentioned were operating under "Joint operation agreements" (If I recall the term correctly) where the two papers shared the presses, and in some cases had some shared advertising, but no editorial or corporate connection. I seem to recall that the agreement between The Albuquerque Journal and The Albuquerque Tribune was one of the first such agreements and dates back to the 1920s or earlier. The Tribune was an afternoon paper and the Journal is a morning paper. I think that the P/I and the Seattle Times were printed at different times of the day. I'm not sure how The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News shared operations since they were both morning papers.

The crisis here is being caused not by reader habits, but by the drop in revenue from auto dealers and realtors

I'm sure that the loss in advertising from these two large sources has pushed at least some papers over the edge.