Monday, February 2, 2009

An Intriguing Experiment

John Morton writes:

If cutting news staff makes sense financially in the short term, in the long term it can be devastating to a newspaper's standing as the major source of local news and other information. Still, most newspapers, especially those in large cities that have been most grievously affected by the current recession, have chosen to cut back on their newsroom rosters and their journalism.

To some, including me, this seems like a clear path to eventual doom, especially in an era in which the Internet is increasingly capturing eyeballs and advertising once securely held by newspapers.

So what else might newspapers do? Well, comes now Detroit's joint operating agency, which publishes the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News, with a startling new approach to cost-cutting. Instead of diminishing the journalism, the agency will eliminate home-delivery of the newspapers on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.


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