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Major city newspapers are simply DONE


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Hey all:


I get the printed copy of Barron's.


Inside the plastic bag was also a copy of the Saturday "Detroit News".


I just got done reading it.


My question is, "IS THIS A JOKE"?


Business section is literally 1 page.


Classified section is 1/2 of 1 page.


There were 6 obituaries.


The main section had more ads than articles.


Lots of AP reprints.


Editorial section was found to be weak & lacking.


There were a few articles of local interest...but they were largely cursory reviews of what was going on.  If you had good/proficient reporters, a handful could EASILY write the entire newspaper.


This paper is simply going through the motions at this point.  They are done.


I knew that the situation with newspapers was bad...really bad...but I had no idea that it was as bad as what I just saw.


The NYT & WSJ are different beasts...but major city papers appear to be done.  If the Detroit News were a free paper, I would not even pick it up.


Probably no value here at all, both as a paper AND as a business.

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