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Like sands through the hourglass

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    The State of Newspapers? Think of Sand Falling in an Hourglass, Pew Report Says

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004075082

    In three years, newsrooms have shrunk 27 percent.

    But when a blogger does the "Yay, we're killing newspapers!" bit. Point this out to them. — The authors' analysis of more than a million blogs and social media sites found that 80% of the links are to U.S. legacy media.
     
  2. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Somewhat surprised the percentage isn't bigger.

    We've gone from a newsroom of 369 (at our peak) to 180.

    About 135 of the 369 (36.5%) have occured in the past 3 years.
     
  3. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    I thought this would be about the recent death of Frances Reid, the Horton family matriarch and last original cast member of "Days Of Our Lives."
     
  4. StaggerLee

    StaggerLee Active Member

    We're down exactly 50% from two years ago in our newsroom and are barely hanging on.

    I'm also surprised the number wasn't bigger than 27 percent.
     
  5. Hackwilson191

    Hackwilson191 Member

    The survey said that people don't pay attention to online ads because only 21 percents click on ads. But, let me ask you this what percentage of people click on a newspaper ad?
     
  6. RedSmithClone

    RedSmithClone Active Member

    See I was thinking this was about "Days" too. I was going to come on and say it has nothing on TV's greatest soap "General Hospital".
     
  7. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    This has me thinking constantly of the daunting challenges we face:

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/76672/
     
  8. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Newspaper ads provide tons of information (for me, anyway) about things I otherwise never would have sought elsewhere.

    Renaissance Festival is in town? Saw an ad in the paper.

    Monster fabric store having a 70% off sale. Saw ad in the paper. Didn't even know the store existed before I saw the ad.

    And on and on.

    Our Friday entertainment section is a great source of information (some editorial, but mostly ads) about things coming to or already performing in our area.

    Cannot think of another "one-stop" place I would go to for that handy information.
     
  9. goalmouth

    goalmouth Active Member

    Eye-track studies have found that as well as readers not clicking on ads, they don't even look at them. That's why ad servers push keyword links and story-looking text ads, and why pubs base a lot of their rates on ads served, not clicked.
     
  10. Tee hee.
     
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