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January 07, 2007


Mary Specht

"Is it worth trying to create the online equivalent of the great Sunday papers of yore, maybe with lots of video, interactive features, discussions, etc.?"

That's an excellent idea. Sunday should be a day to launch ambitious and experimental multimedia packages. I find some of these packages take a while to explore, and running them on Sundays means readers have time to take full advantage of them. Good point.

Charlie Barthold

I look at it differently. Circ may be up on Sundays but my sense is only from momentum. I am a hard core newspaper reader but I have less and less time to read the Sunday NY Times. Perhaps being a father of four kids has something to do with this but my mother in law research shows fewer and fewer people reading the Times in my neck of the woods even though it lands in their driveway. Thus, I would figure out when (if?) people have time to read the paper and bulk up then.


Anecdotally, most of my friends only buy the Sunday paper and not weekday editions. Part of this is still that comfort experience of breakfast and a paper leisurely eaten and read. Part of it ties into the features that are unavailable during the week (coupons, real-estate house openings, randon music reviews, randon restaurant reviews, feature expanded op-ed and features).

Those are the items we don't have time for during the week (for instance, during the week I don't want to read a review of a random restaurant, instead I'm looking for a review of a specific one or specific type).

I wonder how quickly our generation will fall out of even that paper-only-on-Sunday practice. As more online sites offer interesting day-of-week content I imagine it will happen more rapidly. For my part, Sunday is probably the day I use the internet least to get news and info. We'll see how that changes over the coming months/years...


The report from the Cleveland HQ is mixed: 50% of the time, the Sunday Plain Dealer is worth only the coupons in it (and I don't even use those).

But, the other half of the time, the Sunday PD is rich with stories, ideas, trends that I don't see in the weekly version. In fact, just this past weekend alone I found at least 5 of the sections had articles of good value to me.


I agree on Potts' words. Here in Argentina, sunday newspapers increases his sales volume in a 100%. In that day, the paper weight is double, too. And in sundays, papers has special sections on investigative reports, signed by the most prestigious journalists. Even here is a newspaper printed just in sundays, called Perfil.
We are glad because that new trend has not came here. Yet.

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