Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Advancing" to newspaper extinction

Time magazine is listing The Cleveland Plain Dealer as one of ten newspapers likely to fold in the next few months.

Some on the list, like the San Francisco Chronicle, could fold in a matter of days.

The Portland angle is that the Cleveland Plain Dealer is owned by Advance Publications, which owns The Oregonian. The same corporate pressures that are driving the Plain Dealer to extinction are at work on Portland's metro.

The only good news, if you can call it that, is that Cleveland is in worse economic shape than Portland.

The Time story is further evidence of the need consider what journalism is becoming, or should become, in the digital age.

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