The price of print

Economic reality
The only downside to spending time on a barrier island in North Carolina in the summer is that it’s hard to find a good newspaper. You can locate the New York Times if you look for it, but it’s not easy. My son-in-law peruses the Times on the Internet, and, bless him, he will print out as much of it for me as I want. And right there is one of the challenges for newspapers and magazines: young adults are doing most of their periodical reading online.

That is one reason why every week, it seems, we read about another publication downsizing, shifting resources to the Internet or discontinuing publication. The Rocky Mountain News is gone. So is the print edition of the Seattle-Post Intelligencer. Other major dailies, like the Chicago Tribune, have drastically cut staff, decreased their number of pages, and tried to revise their look for a new generation.


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