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Monday, August 10, 2021

There’s a common thread between these two newspaper-industry case studies:

- Lean-and-mean community newspaper publishers who are thriving amid a collapsing print media sector;

- The Seattle Times, paradoxically in better shape now that Seattle is a one-newspaper town.

In both cases, the success of dead-tree editions boils down to a lack of local, in-depth reportage for those regions on the Web. It’s a glaring fall-through, considering that online micro-publishing is supposed to trump old media in that arena. It’s a similar situation with the advertising dollars: As much as Craigslist has gutted most dailies’ classified sections, it doesn’t serve small-scale community news coverage areas as well as print. And in Seattle, display advertising is finding a single major newspaper — with bolstered subscriber circulation — to have more effective reach than alternative outlets

It’s notable that these favorable conditions for broadsheets and tabloids apply to both small markets like rural Georgia, as well as a big metro like Seattle. It points to how the Web functions a little too much like a scale-dependent mass-market medium — traffic numbers still rely on population, concentrated or not. Whether or not this persists as the Web becomes even more ubiquitous, and thus truly the first-choice media channel for everyone, remains to be seen. If nothing else, it provides breathing room to the most endangered of big-city dailies (none of which have folded in the nearly half-year since they were marked for death — surprising).

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/10/2021 06:11:01 PM
Category: Business, Internet, Publishing
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Kudos to whoever dubbed the just-concluded trilateral talks in Guadalajara between the leaders of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada as the “Three Amigos Summit”. I adore any mash-up of politics and pop culture.

But, as apt as that 23-year-old movie reference is, it feels somewhat incomplete. Specifically, the bilingual phrase doesn’t necessarily address the Canadian participation in this NAFTA confab. “Three” is English, but more aimed toward President Obama and the States; “amigos” is, of course, the Spanish nod toward Mexican President Calderon. What’s left for Canada’s Prime Minister Harper — “summit”?? That won’t do — it’s not even French…

Let’s revise that label, for the historical record: The “Three Amigos, Eh? Summit”. OlĂ©! Eh? Hey?

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/10/2021 04:07:54 PM
Category: Comedy, Movies, Politics, Pop Culture, Wordsmithing
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Duly noted: In this week’s book section, USA Today paired up back-to-back reviews of Chris Anderson’s “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” and Ellen Ruppel Shell’s “Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture”.

What’s more, both reviews were written by freelance writers, instead of newspaper staffers. Editorial synergy all around, then. Well done.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 08/10/2021 01:59:42 PM
Category: Book Review, Business, Creative
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