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  •  so do local teevee stations.. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm more likely to go to the site of one or more local tv stations than go to the site of my local newspaper for things like that. There are problems with their coverage (more of the it bleeds it leads type of thing) but should the Lansing State Journal fold, the only thing that would be missed are the coupons and the source of newsprint for cat box lining purposes.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:35:43 AM PDT

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    •  maybe the key to newspapers' suvival... (5+ / 0-)

      is to do a better job with local government and issues, to invest more in journalists rather than cut to bare bones.  

      •  And this can be done far better (2+ / 0-)
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        With web-based models than with declining print editions.

        No Real Housewives, but plenty of action at Orange County Progressive Come for the politics. Stay for dessert.

        by Aeolus on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:44:45 AM PDT

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      •  oh yah... that'd be a good thing! (3+ / 0-)
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        and get rid of the syndicated columnists! That opens up a source of revenue to pay another reporter, it opens up more real estate in the paper for that reporter to publish his/her work and it rids the world of another outlet for cal thomas. thomas and his ilk will still be able to publish their blatherings on the net even charging for them should anyone be interested in reading them (but I wouldn't count on spending that money were I thomas or broder or any of the others) so the idea of free speech would still be there.  With all the opinion journalism available on teevee, on the web and in magazines, why should newspapers invest in that garbage?  It's just not needed.

        A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

        by dougymi on Wed Apr 15, 2009 at 08:46:05 AM PDT

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        •  Source of revenue? (0+ / 0-)

          How much would cutting the columns save?  I doubt it would be enough to increase staffing. When the alt weeklies cut cartoons as a "cost saving measure", Tom Tomorrow pointed out on his blog that they'd only be saving "tens of dollars" per cartoon.

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