A world where newspapers were dying out just would have been incomprehensible to my dad. Reading the papers every day was such a big part of his life.
Mine, too. My dad got three daily newspapers, daily -- back when there were three daily newspapers to get, plus various community papers. Plus, any time he wanted, and he often did, he'd get papers from Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
I found this story heartbreaking: A guy has a collection of newspapers marking historic events amassed since the 1920s ... and nobody wants it. "Extra, Extra: Historic Newspapers Free to All Comers"
It also scares me because I have a collection of newspapers marking historic events*, and now I don't know what do with them. If nobody wants his collection, who's going to want mine?
* Including V-E Day, the astronauts landing on the moon, 9/11, Mount St. Helens, the Unabomber Manifesto, President Obama's election, and the final editions of The Washington Star, the Baltimore News-American, the Baltimore Evening Sun, and Jet magazine.
I had a small collection of newspapaers dating back to when I was in high school. I still have some of them, but I left quite a few behind when I sold my mom's house last year. I kept "John Lennon Slain," "Cardinals Win World Series," "Space Shuttle Explodes," one split down the center with dual coverage of President Reagan's innaugeration and the release of the Iranian hostages and others. Some are from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, others are from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.I also have the first issue of the short-lived St. Louis Sun (which wikipedia tells me was dated September 25, 1989) as well as the last issue (April 25, 1990).
On his way home from a show in the '90s, the owner of the then-LCS bought a 10-foot tall stack of bound editions of an Indianapolis newspaper. HGis idea was to cut out the comics and assemble collections, but when that turned out to be too labor intensive, he sold the voluymes outright @ $20. I bought the one covering the Kennedy assassination. I would liked to have bought more, but I was strapped for cash at the time.
Needless to say, my experience at my old newspaper was much the same. Every new owner or publisher trotted out the same, tired lies, and we had to pretend to believe them.
This is from a few months ago, but still holds. From The Associated Press: "Decline in Readers, Ads Leads Hundreds of Newspapers to Fold"
The "newspaper" I'm working for now, The Daily Memphian, is online only, which certainly cuts down on overhead. But more importantly, it's a non-profit, which means A) we can ally with other non-profits, and B) we can take donations.
And, in fact, that is our business model. We do take ads, and the revenue is welcome, but primarily we are paid for by donations. Without giving out any proprietary information, you can judge how we're doing by noting that we're hiring.