Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Newspapers flounder amid strong economy

Christine Lias, a former copy editor at the Contra Costa Times and reporter at the Palo Alto Daily News, says in an op-ed in the San Francisco Daily that it is hard to understand why newspapers aren't doing better considering the strength of the local economy. "We live in one of the wealthiest media markets in the nation -- a cornucopia of potential advertising dollars for magazines, newspapers, radio stations and online sites to cultivate." She writes:
    The culture is changing: I'm in my young 30s and I see fewer people my age reading newspapers or magazines. I see fewer people my age reading, period. I see more people with iPods buds stuck in their ears. I see more and more young people talking aimlessly on their cell phones.

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