|For this one, apparently you won't have to subscribe - the first issue is scheduled to be delivered into mailboxes (? an interesting approach unlike those that currently prevail) on August 29, 2014. The paper will be a project of Galveston County Daily News.|
|This dearth of coverage is not a local phenomenon but rather reflects the overall decline in conventional newspapers as a social institution. This is the latest version of Dr. Mark J. Perry's famous newspaper free-fall chart, courtesy of this Carpe Diem post. It's worth reading his analysis if you have any interest in what's happening with the industry. And also this HuffPost article with an embedded slide show titled "Top 10 Dying Industries".|
Update: Amusingly, seven days after I posted this diagram, GCDN ran a story titled "Newspapers are still here and still making money" (paywalled money).
I am a bit perplexed, however, at GCDN's initial positioning statements, which include the following: "While not always sexy, keeping residents informed about taxes, property values and the decisions by locally elected officials is critical to a healthy community." Geez, guys, be careful not to fall all over yourselves with your marketing exuberance! With promotional representations like that, who needs enemies?!
Anyway, stay tuned for more analysis on this one.
|It remains to be seen what that is.|