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Let's kill all the newspapers, let's kill them tonight

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Legal advertising, the classified advertising that local governments are legally required to run, might be in jeopardy in Georgia if a state legislator gets his way.

    Also worth noting that the Georgia senator also received a campaign contribution from a company that specializes in setting up Web sites for legal notices.

    http://blogs.creativeloafing.com/freshloaf/2009/01/21/killing-whats-left-of-the-press/
     
  2. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    this is not good. small papers around the country keep their doors open with those legal ads.
     
  3. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the legal notices in the paper so that people will actually see them?

    If so, I don't know how that would work on a Web site that, I guarantee, I would never visit otherwise.
     
  4. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    At this point you can't also notarize a web page, you can notarize a legal ad.
    That makes something of a difference.
    Legal ads provide the backbone of most small and even medium sized papers.
    You take that away, you effectively kill most of them off.
    This is bad, bad and bad.
     
  5. Same thing is going on in Arizona.
     
  6. Mediator

    Mediator Member

    I hate to say this, but with readership dropping, those ads don't really reach the entire community anymore by being in the paper. And, saying that, I have to go cry again.
     
  7. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    It troubles me that I agree with the law. The Internet is free, most newspapers are not. And if the argument is to notify the public in the most effective way, wouldn't a website, that could be searched by the public daily, weekly, monthly or whenever, be a more effective tool to comply with requirement for public notification and accessibility?
     
  8. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Newspapers also have gouged local government on these for decades -- it was usually the highest cost per inch of any advertising in the paper, although I'm not sure that's still true since papers began selling A-1 ads. This is very bad for newspapers, but I can't say I blame the local and state governments for wanting to stop the gravy train.
     
  9. forever_town

    forever_town Active Member

    Same thing happened in Maryland last year. It'll probably happen again this year.
     
  10. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Big shocker, it's the Republicans behind this campaign. Whoda' thunk it. ::) ::)
     
  11. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    The internet is not really free though.
    You need a computer to access the web, you need a service provider to get you there.
    In some cases, yes you can go to a library and use its free computer, assuming they have one, and its free internet, assuming they have that as well, to access the web site.
    Then, once you get there, you need to know how to access the information to find what you are looking for.
    It also assumes you have the computer skills to do what you need to do.
    If paid legals die, that will kill off all the smaller papers.
     
  12. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Computers aren't free, free weekend minutes aren't free, TV programming isn't free; it's the pervasive creep of monthly charges to live a 21st-century life.
     
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