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  •  NYT has a recent (none)
    story on this describing the declining revenue many papers are seeing.
    At big papers, ad revenue has stalled for several reasons: a decline in local auto ads; the consolidation of department stores, especially the merger of Federated and May, and a march to the Internet by travel advertisers, hotels and car rental agencies. That exodus from print includes Hertz, which has not advertised in The New York Times for six months, a Times spokeswoman said. Movie ads are in a trough as box-office sales slump.
    While newspaper Web sites are attracting an increasing number of online ads, those ads are cheap and bring in only a fraction of the revenue that print ads do. And while some newspapers now have more readers on their Web sites than they have in print, most are reluctant to charge for their content online, depriving themselves of revenue from their most popular product. The New York Times recently started charging $50 a year for nonsubscribers to read its columnists online, but it has declined to discuss the early results.

    I have subscribed to TimesSelect, because if I were to subscribe to a printed newspaper it would probably be the NYT.  But, I haven't, because I prefer to read it online.

    I can't share the view of many here who seem to enjoy watching the NYT suffer.  Consider the alternative if they fail: The entire world isn't going to come to dKos for news.  A more likely scenario is Fox News becomes even more dominant.  The thought of that alone is enough to make me want to support the NYT.

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