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Monday, March 09, 2021

This does appear to be the year when more than a couple major-metropolitan newspapers finally bite the dust, at least in print format. Time Magazine’s put together a list of the ten most-endangered papers, based on competitive landscape and debt-loaded finances.

Here’s the list below, linking to their websites (which might be all that’s left of them, soon enough). To keep this post somewhat dynamic, I’m going to edit it as needed throughout 2009, with a strikethrough serving as a tombstone for each killed-off paper (along with a brief summation/eulogy).

1. Philadelphia Daily News
2. Minneapolis Star Tribune
3. Miami Herald
4. Detroit News
5. Boston Globe
6. San Francisco Chronicle
7. Chicago Sun-Times
8. New York Daily News
9. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
10. Cleveland Plain Dealer

One observation: The only other big-city competitive situation that comes to my mind is the Tampa Bay area, which still hosts two dailies, the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune. As far as I know, neither of them are in imminent danger of folding, despite native scenarios that suggest a struggling print environment — only a mid-sized circulation area, big hits in real estate advertising (being that Florida overall is foreclosure ground-zero), a transient/transplanted population, etc. Probably in both papers’ favor is the large presence of an older demographic that supports the print edition to a higher degree than in other parts of the country; still, a study on why Tampa Bay is faring better than other metros is probably in order.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/09/2021 07:47:16 PM
Category: Business, Media
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Yet another trailing indicator of recessionary times: Direct mail volume last year dropped for the first time since tracking of such began in 1945.

That’s junk mail to the rest of you. To me, it means probably one or two fewer copywriting/design gigs (maybe compensated by email versions, but that’s always iffy).

I guess the reduction of hardcopy inbox-filler would be a happy consequence of this economic downturn, except that it’ll probably take down the entire Post Office with it.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/09/2021 12:47:20 PM
Category: Advert./Mktg., Business
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It’s getting harder and harder to take the Grand Old Party seriously these days. And it ain’t just me: Two-thirds of Republican voters see their party as essentially rudderless, just when the onset of the Obama Era demands a credible alternative.

And I’m thinking that turning to the political equivalent of a child preacher isn’t going to restore confidence in the right-wing faithful.

Because that’s all the sideshow that is 14-year-old conservative wunderkind Jonathan Krohn is — a bizarre attempt by the conservative core to somehow demonstrate that the next-generation cavalry is coming. All it signifies is that there must be a huge age-group void between the old lions of the Reagan Revolution and the present day, and that any intellectual reinvigoration of the American right is going to have to wait until after senior prom.

Until then, I guess the nattering nabobs of negativism strategy will serve as a strategy placeholder (to borrow the best thing that ever came out of Spiro Agnew’s mouth — with no small irony that he was a Republican himself).

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 03/09/2021 12:00:40 PM
Category: Celebrity, Politics
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