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Starting this fall the Birmingham, Mobile and Huntsville newspapers will switch to only publishing print editions 3 days a week: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
New Orleans is doing the same thing.
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Chris, how much longer in your opinion will newspapers even be around?
"Character" is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.
It was only a matter of time. I'm amazed they lasted this long going 7 days a week really. In a way it's sad to see the end of an era but the world has moved on.
Journalism doesn't have to die, just change the way it's delivered. Adapt or die IYAM
In a way that's sad to see. However some newspaper employees have had a sense of entitlement for a long time.
Publisher to the newsroom/company: "It's bold and it's scary...But the time is right. The time is now."
I've always thought that newspapers were simply evolving, that eventually all would have pay walls and continue to exist in some shape or form. However, at the same time I think there's now more writers covering the Alabama beat for on-line services than newspapers, or at least just as many.
Nevertheless, it's still scary (publisher chose a good word there) for those of us in the industry because it's such a huge departure and the next step will be to publish one day a week, etc.
Next month I'm attending two conventions, 247's and the Alabama Sports Writers Association. I expect them to be about as different as can be.
Here's the announcement: http://blog.al.com/al/2012/05/alabama_media_group_a_new_digi.html
Yeah the pay wall model never really worked for them. Too many free sources for basically the same stuff, and they couldn't do enough to differentiate. WSJ was one of the very few to successfully charge for content.
If you think about it, sites like this are one of the few types (other than porn) who are able to charge for their content. ESPN insider does ok but not a big money maker. And there's only one ESPN.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
I thought this was going to be about spell check.
I hope this means the end of Scarbinsky.
I usually get most of my news online (especially Alabama football from BOL) so this won't affect me much. I thought that newspapers would shift more to digital media eventually and I guess that time has come. I bet a lot of long time newspaper readers will have a hard time adjusting to this change. I just hate it for the people who are losing their jobs.
On Alabama: CeCe Jefferson - "It was a bunch of beautiful women..." Reggie Ragland - "oh the females of course..."
There will be free recruiting sites as well. Information spreads lightning fast with Twitter. 247 is hands down the best pay site, but there is room for a recruiting site that is free and generates all revenue from advertising. The best Longhorn site for a long time was Recruitocosm that sucked so much biz away from pay sites that it was finally purchased by a pay site. It was free, with message boards and had a source on the coaching staff (Big Cigar column).
Pay sites can only live for so long. The real revenue comes from advertising. Rivals and Scout are dead men walking.
It's kind of like going from forest Davis old recruiting mag to 24/7. The Internet has changed a lot of industries.
Now it will be interesting to me if the papers become more in-depth in their reporting and try to get away from being Star and back to being news.
Leave the sensationalism, name calling and muck raking to al.com.
I understand it, but I hate to see it.
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