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July 28, 2008



Read the reports from the newspaper companies this month, and you see that they are reporting no turnaround into July, which means the promise of big Olympics spending and back-to-school ad spending isn't showing up in contracts. I'm betting that political spending won't show up at newspapers, either, as candidates aren't going to pour money into products people aren't reading and no longer have broad circulation in their regions (thanks to circulation cutbacks to reduce distribution to close-in metro areas). Politicians need to read the broadest number of voters, and it doesn't help that local newspapers have stopped covering politics. If you are a newspaper executive looking at your stock going down from 3 to 5 percent each day, what do you do but cut more?


Same is coming for print magazines too

This today; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/04/emplaygirlem-magazine-fol_n_116785.html

Playgirl magazine is shutting down the presses and going online only.

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