Discussion in 'Current Events' started by BIV, Oct 18, 2012.
The e-magazine will be supported by paid subscriptions and made available for e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with some content available on The Daily Beast. - Good luck with that. There is a local paper that gives you 10 premium clicks per week. I just block the script that keeps count.
People aren't willing to pay for a physical copy of Newsweek that's tailored to the country in which they live, but they think people will pay to get it online after they convert it to one global edition when there are plenty of places online where they can get news for free? I predict it being shut down entirely by the end of 2013. After all, it's not like doctors are going to leave iPads and Kindles laying out in their waiting rooms so people can read Newsweek.
This. RIP Newsweek.
I blame the Jews
Good move since news and info
is so hard to get on the net for free.
Good riddance to another biased rag.
Hmm...I think it's time for a bailout, whaddasay peoples?! Come on, Obama...$50B to Newsweek and other mags (hint hint Rolling Stone...free money if you post more bullshit progressive drivel) to continue their print editions!! Because that's what America wants.
The end for print publishing is near. As the older generations die off, so go their subscriptions. It's just so much easier these days to just get your news for free online.
When the iPad first came out...I thought Apple was nuts. Who the fuck would want an oversized cell phone that can't make calls? Well, until I got one (not iPad, I can't afford those overpriced beasts), I quickly found out. It's a GREAT reader. Get your news, read your books, send email. You're not pulling out the big laptop...and you're not having to wait for the paper to get thrown on your lawn in the pouring rain...then having to fumble through the pages getting ink all over your fingertips. Then does it get tossed in the garbage when you're done...or are you the type of person that bundles them together in your garage every week...ties them together with string and carries it out to the curb on garbage day? Younger people, and I'm talking younger than say, 65...are adapting to digital readers/tablets/etc. Newspapers and magazines are growing extinct, and now they've got to figure out how to compete with free news available online. It's proving to be not an easy task. I think local news companies will do just fine, because people do want to hear what's going on locally or statewide. Problem is, you can still get that for free from various places online...like for example, local TV news affiliates who are not only posting their articles online, but also posting episodes of their broadcasts online for free.
This is a part of the reason how I got laid off from my job. Among other jobs, we printed and bound those little BCBS insurance booklets and made a killing because BCBS would send alot of those books out in the mail to their customers. You don't really get them anymore because BCBS decided out of the blue, that they'll make a digital copy available online for their customers, and not bother sending the welcome kits and booklets out, unless the customer requests it. It's easier for their customers and it's easier and cheaper for them. They can also say that they're "going green!" which always makes a nice headline. I'd really hate to be in the print industry now.
There have been talks of bailouts for media.
Wow. I can't believe VMS spelled BCS wrong. Twice.
Time and Newsweak have been nothing more then week old propagandist.
Good riddance to their turgid rubbish.
And before any of the usual suspects doubt my assertion that media bailouts have been considered...
Anyone want to buy newsweek stock!?
I wouldn't recommend buying it. Maybe naked short selling would be a better option.
I tried that once but my broker told me to leave and not come back until I put some clothes on.
Actually, the newspaper I work for is aggressively targeting a younger demo. And it's paying off. Circulation numbers have bounced back a bit from where they were a few years ago, especially on Sunday. That's pretty huge considering the state of the economy in California and advertising in general the last few years.
Companies that embrace the new technology will be the ones that survive.
How some newspapers are rebranding themselves, especially in smaller markets:
* Increased coverage on local news and events. Let the big boys fight over the national stories.
* Focusing on high school sports. Parents love when their kids' school gets mentioned in the newspaper, bonus points if a kid they know gets mentioned and extra bonus points if it's their own. They're directly exploiting today's Helicopter Parents.
* Coupons, coupons, coupons. Shows like the TLC's extreme couponing have spawned a whole new segment of the population who can be targeted. They've made it "cool" to coupon where it used to be a stigma to use one at a merchant. For a few dollars a month they can be sold on the idea that they'll recoup their investment through not only grocery store coupons on Sunday, but national and local merchant coupons and discounts throughout the week.
There's been a huge consolidation in the print industry. Our printing facility prints just about every local newspaper from San Diego to L.A., and it even prints the "local edition" of the L.A. Times.
Two of my uncles were pressmen for 30 years and both retired in the mid-2000's, just in time. Another industry the unions helped kill. They were making almost $40 an hour for pushing a few buttons and sitting around playing cards waiting for a printing press to occasionally jam or fuck up printing.