Newspapers from Coast to Coast

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Philadelphia may soon be without a single daily newspaper, but the last paper standing in Seattle finally posted a profit following the death of its main competitor. We’ll talk about the state of the American newspaper with executive editor of the Seattle Times David Boardman and with Michael Sokolove, contributing writer for the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

You can read Michael's story "What's a Big City Without a Newspaper" here.


David Boardman and Michael Sokolove

Comments [9]

Chicago Listener

Of all the things that newspapers do poorly, the thing they do worst of all is add new readers. Every city has a section of town that the people who publish newspapers assume won't buy their product. It's a racist and class-based assumption. Does Mr. Boardman have a comment on acquiring new readers? Has his paper done anything to expand readership?

Aug. 18 2009 12:35 PM
Richard Johnston from Uper West Side

I have noticed a decline in the quality of copy editing. What has each guest's paper done to maintain the quality of copy?

Aug. 18 2009 12:32 PM
suzanne from Plainfield

Why doesn't the Times ask people to pay for the web version when they call to cancel their print version? Probably many folks who still get the paper are doing it to keep the paper going. I only get it on the weekends, and read online & pay for the Audible version M-F. I would DIE w/o the Times & its worth it to pay for it. I would also pay for a cable TV show that discussed issues featuring their brilliant columnists. All TV news is crap, including MSNBC & there is an audience for smart journalism on TV (see Bill Maher on HBO).

Aug. 18 2009 12:30 PM
Marie from Brooklyn

Does anyone else find irony in printing a pro-newspaper article in a magazine only available in a newspaper? It sounds like a fantastic way to preach to the choir...If the times really wants to reach out perhaps an email is more effective.

Aug. 18 2009 12:20 PM
Chicago Listener

the history of bad decisions pre-dates sam zell. the chandler family wanted their money when they sold the l.a. times to tribune company. tribune overpayed for times mirror.

Aug. 18 2009 12:18 PM
Chicago Listener

[[1] Chicago Listener
August 18, 2009 - 12:09PM
Did "joint operating agreements" achieve any good besides bringing down both the stronger paper and the weaker paper? JOA's were a disaster. Whose bright idea were they?]]

sorry. meant to ask, did JOA's achieve anyTHING besides bringing down both papers?

Aug. 18 2009 12:16 PM
Chicago Listener

Were the newsrooms in Seattle and Philadelphia unionized? Did they make any concessions to keep themselves afloat?

Aug. 18 2009 12:14 PM
hjs from 11211

why should i read a newspaper. isn't it out of date before it's printed?
newspapers should stick to option shaping instead of news. also arts and lifestyle.

Aug. 18 2009 12:11 PM
Chicago Listener

Did "joint operating agreements" achieve any good besides bringing down both the stronger paper and the weaker paper? JOA's were a disaster. Whose bright idea were they?

Aug. 18 2009 12:09 PM

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