What line item in the budget takes care of the newspaper? Entertainment? Miscellaneous? Is it a necessity or a luxury?
During National Newspaper Week earlier this month, I wrote about my enjoyment of a daily newspaper – spread on the kitchen table with a cup of coffee at hand. Or curled up on the couch working the crossword puzzle. Reading off a computer screen, sitting in an office chair is not nearly as much fun.
(When I hear ads about being able to watch movies on a phone I try to picture Gone With The Wind or Titanic on a 2’x2′ screen. But I digress.)
There has been speculation for the past few years that hard copy newspapers would one day be a thing of the past. We will get our news from television or Internet (shudder).
Newsweek announced recently that beginning January 2013, that magazine will be available in an online format only.
Last week, I got a form letter telling me that the “state” paper is raising rates for home delivery $10.00 a month. That’s a 62% increase! They gave all the rising-costs-poor-economy reasons.
This is sad. I know they will lose some subscribers over this. And when circulation goes down, advertising rates follow. They may have shot themselves in the foot.