Is THIS the Death of Newspapers?

December 23, 2008 by Thad McIlroy

I’ve tried to remain as dispassionate as possible regarding the ongoing screeches over the death of the newspaper. I’m not in denial: I know the situation is serious.

When folks like Mr. Zell bankrupt a communications empire, I do not necessarily regard this as a harbinger of things to come.

But when the The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News announce that they will stop home delivery four days of the week I think, oh my gosh, this is getting very serious.

If you are no longer even delivering the product, the situation is beyond serious: it’s a crisis.

OK it’s Detroit. Et cetera. But that doesn’t make the announcement much more palatable. This kind of announcement signifies the end of the printed version of newspapers in Detroit. Will it spread? I don’t know, but tell me why it won’t?

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