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Why Newspapers Are Screwed: Indy And Guardian In Fight To The Death

by | 12th, July 2011

NO, it’s not just this latest News of The World stuff. Nor is it that the world has a limit to the number of earnest left wing screeds it can stomach: meaning that either the Guardian or Indy is going to have to go.

It’s not even that we all read the newspapers online now, meaning that there’s getting to be no point at all in printing them.

No, there’s an underlying economic reason why the newspaper as a whole is screwed.

Classifieds .

Note that it’s the local newspapers that are dying, dying faster than the nationals. And the profit centre of a local newspaper was always the classifieds section. That’s what kept the whole show on the road. Flats to rent (now on Gumtree perhaps), jobs available (umm, Monster?), cars for sale (Autotrader).

The newspaper always was an odd beast. The price you paid for it really only ever

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