Economic stiumlation, one industry at a time

obama_pi_press_coverBeyond ensuring lucrative work for Fred Armison for at least four years, Obama seems to be getting right down to business when it comes to breathing life into the struggling economy — at least in one sector.

Today we’re seeing several reports of newspapers across the United States printing extra copies of today’s paper, sure to be a collector’s item. The Charlotte Observer was, as far as I can tell, one of the first to declare that it had “restarted its presses” for an additional run.

It’s good to see that newspapers — the tangible product of so much daily blood, sweat and tears (and ink and pulp) — still hold a special place for so many. But it’s also discouraging to think that this is probably a one-day bump in what will surely be a continued slide in paper circulation.

On a positive note, of all of the front pages I’ve seen today, our hometown St. Paul Pioneer Press is one of the nicest.

7 thoughts on “Economic stiumlation, one industry at a time

  1. I have this image of newspapers someday becoming the equivalent of the Sports Illustrated Special Collectors’ Edition on the Super Bowl winner … printed and sold only on special occasions.

  2. EMM says:

    Great front page..I wish I had a copy of that paper for posterity.

    As I tell my students, there will always be a need for hard printed newspapers. They document the moments of our lives.

    And this is one for all time.

  3. PM says:

    Yeah, but…

    as I understand it, the newspapers are still in significant financial trouble, and their sales are still falling (precipitously), even thiough we have just been through an amazing news cycle (historic election, economic crisis, etc.). And circulation still falls.

    What do all of you experts think of the decision of the Christian Science Monitor to cease its print edition completely? Can a paper make in an exclusively electronic future? What will Mike do from now on when nature calls? These are the important questions facing us now that the future of the Republic has been secured!

  4. The CSM situation is interesting, but there’s an additional wrinkle: It’s actually not going exclusively electronic. They’re still going to print a weekend edition as a magazine-style publication.

    Does that help or hurt the “let’s go digital” push? Hard to say. But I do know it’s going to be a long, long time before print is dead.

  5. Ken Kadet says:

    Mike,
    I agree that print isn’t dead… the real question is how much longer printed newspapers will be delivered to hundreds of thousands of our households on a daily basis. I still think they’ll be around quite awhile, but sooner or later, they’re going to have to get a lot more creative about the business model needed to keep a team of professional journalists on the payroll.

    And, not to take this conversation right down the toilet, but don’t think the can will save print altogether… personal digital devices are quite handy for can-based news browsing (not to mention “Brickbreaker”).

    I’m going to quit while I’m ahead now…

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