I’m swiping some of Michael’s story and adding some to it. Read on.
If you’ve read the Salisbury News blog any length of time, you are well aware that its owner/operator Joe Albero wishes the painful demise of Salisbury’s Daily Times, the Salisbury area paper owned by Gannett. To illustrate his disdain, he frequently points out Gannett’s tanking stock, the Times’ poor coverage of local events, the low print quality from the Times’ new presses, and has in the past complained daily about the poor delivery service he received. Joe has to be salivating over these two news stories.
Frequent “E” contributor Michael Swartz has a post about a recent Pew Research report, pointing out the fading influence of the printed page with younger adults:
…the internet has overtaken the newspaper as a main source for national and international news. More striking are the figures for the Millennial Generation (ages 18-29) where the internet and television are dead even as a news source – 59% of young people cited one or both as a main news source.
Let’s add a practical application of Albero’s desire for demise, which comes from the Daily Times’ corporate counterpart to the north. The News Journal is making some adjustments to their printed page:
In an extraordinarily difficult economy, The News Journal is moving to a more compact format.
With this happening to the News Journal, whom I’m sure has a greater coverage area than the Daily Times, what might lie ahead for Albero’s favorite newspaper?
Joe, wipe the saliva off your chin.