Time magazine lists the 10 most endangered newspapers… and it’s a pretty bleak list. We enjoy quite a few of these fine publications. Save the Minneapolis Star Tribune! They write about Target and Best Buy and are nice to us! [Time]


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  1. lalaland13 says:

    I saw that list the other day, and it made me sad as well. I like it when there are two newspapers in the same region. Although I guess that just can’t be supported nowadays. And I’d be real mad at the companies that got into all this stupid stupid debt.

    I think smaller newspapers will survive, as will some metros. How many, I don’t know. But right now, it seems more bleak for metros than smaller papers. At least from this view.

  2. caknuck says:

    Not the Startlegram! Their Web site is sooo much better than DMN’s. Feh.

  3. Canino says:

    Yet the national audience for the proliferation of conservative talk radio shows continues to grow at a healthy rate. And both mediums are dinosaurs. Coincidence? I think not.

    • cromartie says:

      @Canino: Not quite sure what your point is. Unless it’s the usual right wing screed that newspapers are losing readers because they’re too “liberal.” Which is farcical.

      Clear Channel did wonders to strip the expenses out of the radio business in the late 1990s. You need a transmitter, an engineer, a computer, a sales guy, and a closet for a radio station.

      You need trucks, paper, ink, and reporters to run a newspaper. Considerably more expensive than, the alternative, which is getting your news from a website for free.

  4. sebadoh128 says:

    As long as there are fish markets, there will be news papers.

  5. HunterZ says:

    I heard on the radio yesterday that the Seattle P-I may be going out of business.

  6. HiPwr says:

    Wait for the Newspaper Bailout. These folks will be calling in their markers for campaigning for Obama.

  7. fatcop says:

    I was hoping that the Kansas City Red Star would be on the list.

  8. batsy says:

    My dad works for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. They may be nice to Consumerist, but they treat their delivery people like crap. I wouldn’t be sorry if they failed, save for the fact that my dad would be out a job.

  9. Hoss says:

    When I was a student, 25 yrs ago, riding the rails of Boston w my head stuck in a dry textbook, I remember looking at the older crowd w their Boston Glub — thinking how nice it would be to just leisurely read a newspaper without any assignment. I still love the feel of the morning paper…

    Internet porn may be goodsit’s — but not like the real thing. I hope the Globe under the gray bitch lives

  10. Anonymous says:

    This story has been vastly overblown. It’s actually an opinion piece written by a Wall Street blogger whose stuff is carried by Time Magazine’s website. It is NOT based on any reporting or research; it’s just one opinionated writer’s personal view.

    It’s certainly presented on Time’s website in a way that would lead one to believe it’s a piece of journalism from the magazine’s own staff… but it is not, by any stretch, “Time Magazine reporting…”

  11. Dr. Eirik says:

    From what I’ve been seeing around Seattle, the P-I is likely to go under as a paper, but might survive for a while as a stripped down internet web site. Who knows how long they’ll last like that.

    I’ve come in contact with several former and soon-to-be former members of the P-I staff, from photographers to (mostly) office personal. They almost all seem completely bewildered as to why the paper could possibly fail.

  12. Beth Coccaro says:

    Well that is bleak news, considering a portion of my job is entering starts and stops for delivert of the Boston Globe on Cape Cod.

  13. lemur says:

    If by newspaper we’re talking about the method of printing news on paper and then delivering those papers to houses and stores, I’m not sad to see that disappear.

    If by newspaper we’re talking about serious journalism, I am sad to see that disappear.

    The fact is though that serious journalism is not tied to the method of delivery. It can survive by using other means to make itself visible.

    And let’s not forget that if serious journalism has disappeared from the traditional media, that’s because the traditional media has decided that entertainment is more profitable. By doing so, they’ve entered into direct competition with other sources of entertainment and they are losing. Well, duh! What did they think would happen?

    • johnfrombrooklyn says:

      @lemur: Your comments are ridiculous. Ask any journalist or publisher with more than 2 years of experience if they “decided” to cover entertainment instead of more important issues. Of course not. I know many many reporters who hate spending their time covering the teeny bopper of the day. But Craig’s List killed classifieds, subscribers are reading for free what they used to buy, and the holy trinity of retail, auto, and real estate ads have dwindled to nothing. If the daily newspaper goes away, blogs and Twitter updates are not going to pick up the charge for serious investigative reporting. Web advertising is nowhere near as profitable as print advertising. All serious journalism may not go away but a vast majority will.

  14. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Don’t go! You’re my bread and butter..

  15. johnfrombrooklyn says:

    Newspapers should consider killing their websites. Why are they giving away their content? Web advertising isn’t near lucrative enough and there is an unlimited growing supply of web advertising inventory.

    • fuzzmanmatt says:

      @johnfrombrooklyn: Wow. Between this and the other comment you made earlier, it’s no wonder companies like Journal Register Company are trading for 1/100th of what they were bought for. Yes, “let’s go ahead and cut out a HUGE market, just completely ignore it, and we’ll be okay” is a great way to compete and make money.

      You have to evolve and grow. When your market changes, you need to change. When your monetization changes, you need to change. Can’t make money doing it? Then do something else. Gawker makes pretty decent coin off what they do, so journalism isn’t going to die anytime soon. Have a local market? Serve it! Find out what people in your market are willing to read. If you have the people reading your content, your advertisers will come. 50¢ a day for delivery? That doesn’t even begin to pay for the content in a paper. Take away that delivery cost, and your margins are huge again!

  16. nakedscience says:

    johnfrombrooklyn, uh, the online news market is a HUGE MARKET. If they were to disapear from that market, then people would just stop reading them completely, and stick to blogs. They are competing with blogs and independent online news sources now. They HAD to go online to compete, period.

  17. HiPwr says:

    lemur: Idealogy has been eating away at “serious journalism” for quite some time now (reaching an all time low during this last election season.) That is why people no longer trust the media.

  18. Chip Skylark of Space says:

    I grew up with the Globe, and the other papers in town at that time (the Record American and the Herald) were, to quote a friend, ‘those tabloid-like gazettes’. I haven’t seen the Globe for years, beyond going to Boston.com on a semi-weekly basis, but would hope they’d figure out how to survive.

    In the Twin Cities, I’ve subscribed to the Pioneer Press mostly because it’s the cheaper local paper, and I’m amazed that the Strib has screwed the pooch bad enough to go through owners left and right in the past few years. For a liberal paper, they have a very conservative editorial voice that has cost them as much as anything else they’ve done in the last decade.