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March 5th, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

Is Mr. Ave reading the handwriting on the wall?

“Christopher is hoping everyone who reads this will go out and buy a newspaper, while you still can. – Feb 26th Facebook status for STL Post Dispatch political editor Christopher Ave

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“Anybody in my biz knows that there’s a story a day, or more, proclaiming the end of the newspaper business as we know it. I’ve never bought it. Why? Every newspaper I’ve worked for has been profitable, at least as much as I know about such things. (emphasis added by MOPNS) And while our business is changing, and not all the changes are good, in a few key areas, we’re stable. And people are still investing in newspapers right and left. I wasn’t even aware of some of the technology discussed in the WSJ article, and when you consider that for the most part, newspapers have some of the largest most well-read Web sites on the Internet, that bodes well for our future in terms of delivery platforms.” – “Baghdad” Tony Messenger  Read more…

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  • 1 Paul Ground // Mar 5, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Finally, there’s conclusive evidence that Tony has lost it. Apparently Tony’s list of solvent and profitable previous employers didn’t include the Rocky Mountain News or the Chicago Tribune. You can buy a share of stock in the New York Times’ parent company for about the price of a Sunday New York Times. Within the last week or so, the company that owns/owned the Philadelphia Inquirer declared bankruptcy. Evening papers that used to dominate the country have completely disappeared. Once, every town in America with 200,000 people had two newpapers, and usually two papers with diverse editorial positions (the Post- Dispatch and the Globe-Democrat, for example). Now, you have nearly enough fingers on a single hand to count all the cities with multiple independent papers. If a diverse media giant like Tribune Corp., which, in addition to a major newspaper, owns a baseball team and a number of television stations (including WGN in Chicago and KPLR in St. Louis) can fall, it is ludicrous to suppose that the fading Post-Dispatch (non-Sunday circulation numbering in the hundreds) is exempt.

  • 2 Christopher Ave // Mar 6, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for noticing my Facebook status updates guys! Who knew I was that interesting? My point, of course, is that newspapers DO matter. They matter a great deal, whether they’re made of paper or exist only online. And people should appreciate their importance to democracy and BUY one. That’s all. Thanks!

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