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Next up: Portland, ME...the whole f*cking operation?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BYH, Aug 15, 2008.

  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Well isn't this special. Remember when it seemed impossible that an entire paper could fold?

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/maine/articles/2008/08/15/a_maine_beacon_blinks/

    Sums up the whole business in one story, especially the part about communities no longer having watchdogs.

    Portland's an awesome small city newspaper that I thought would be exempt from this type of shit. Best of luck to the good folks working there.
     
  2. i don't think they'll go under soon. if not for blethen's debt load thanks to seattle, they'd be ok.
     
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Just a nit-pick, Beej, but newspapers have been folding forever. Current ownership groups or current economic woes haven't changed that.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_defunct_newspapers_of_the_United_States

    Cincinnati Post, 2007
    Birmingham Post-Herald, 2005
    <snip>
    Houston Post, 1995
    Anchorage Times, 1992
    Arkansas Gazette, 1991
    L.A. Herald-Examiner, 1989
    Miami News, 1988
    <snip>
    Washington Star, 1981
    Chicago Daily News, 1978
    <snip>
    Boston Post, 1956
    Brooklyn Eagle, 1955

    ... all the way back to ...

    Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick, 1690 :D
     
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Well, true...but this is a little unusual in that it's not THAT often that a newspaper folds as the only one in town. Many on your list were the second paper.
     
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    The thing that struck me about the story? The fact that the parent company is negotiating a union contract.

    I'm not saying they're not hemorraging money, but I'm also not saying they're not playing that to the hilt to get a better contract or drive out the union entirely.
     
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    Agreed, SF. Many of those were also the afternoon paper, as well.

    Just nit-picking with BYH's point about newspapers folding -- because no one remembers a time when it "seemed impossible that an entire paper could fold." There wasn't one.
     
  7. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    The Blethens are in the middle of negotiations in Seattle, too. I'm sure they're using leverage in both situations, but their financial situation is really, really dire.
     
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    That list is worthless... the first daily I worked for that closed isn't even on it...
     
  9. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    The Argus-Champion in New Hamshire, which had been around some 180 years, folded a few weeks ago.
     
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    You shut up! :D

    You are of course correct, but I was thinking along the lines of SF: The concept of the one paper in a one-paper town closing is still jarring. I didn't think of the two Posts so much folding as getting closed down b/c the JOA expired. Those were inevitable (no less crushing, but it was a slow bleed as opposed to the surprise! you're dead! possibility here).
     
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Birmingham's JOA still had 10 years to run. Thanks for reminding me -- you dick.
     
  12. as mr. slappy said, it was a surprise -- birmingham folks got about 18 hours notice that they were on the street.
     
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