Internet Holdouts Upset At Newspapers For Moving Content Online
from the catch-up-with-the-times dept
Romenesko points us to an article by the Baltimore Sun’s public editor about people who don’t use the internet. Apparently, they’re growing increasingly upset at newspapers that are moving more content online and cutting back on what they include in the print edition. Many newspapers have realized that they can save a lot of money by not printing things like tv listings or stock listings in the actual paper, knowing that it’s often much easier for most people to find that information online or through other sources. That’s absolutely true, but apparently it’s upsetting those who aren’t caught up on the latest technology trends and have no interest in finding their way online to check the tv listings. While you can understand how they feel, it’s really difficult to feel too much sympathy. Things definitely do change over time, but it’s hard to justify newspapers spending so much on newsprint and ink when only a tiny percentage of people actually uses that section of the newspaper. Perhaps there are opportunities for more customized offerings, where those who really want printed copies can have alternative sources of getting them, rather than as part of the daily paper.