Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives

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Sunday Hat
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives

Arguably, this could have been fit under the "dead three media" thread but I thought it deserved a thread of it's own.

“Why would I put anything on the Web?” asked Dan Jacobson, the publisher and owner of the newspaper. “I don’t understand how putting content on the Web would do anything but help destroy our paper. Why should we give our readers any incentive whatsoever to not look at our content along with our advertisements, a large number of which are beautiful and cheap full-page ads?”

Other publications much larger than TriCityNews have been wondering about pumping resources into a medium that does not seem to show a promise of returns any time soon.

Writing in The New York Observer, John Koblin pointed out that when Forbes, Portfolio and Fortune went through recent retrenchments, the Web staffs were hit the hardest. That may be just an old print reflex, but there is a rational argument to be made that the part of the apparatus that has a working business model, declining or not, should receive the resources.

George Victor

What paper?

How does this apply to all others?  In a recession in particular?

Sunday Hat

Click through to the link. It's a Jersey-area paper but the piece is from the NYTimes and focussing on news corporations problems with web product.

I think the noteworthy aspect of this is that e-news media are struggling more than "dead tree" media in terms of making money.