Just how bad is it for newspapers?

From this morning’s Biz Blog by Poynter’s Rick Edmonds, relating a story out of Spokane:

It has gotten so bad, one journalist said, that the independent contractors who deliver the paper complain that the Monday edition doesn’t have enough throw-weight to get all the way up the porch.

Eying conditions nationally, Edmonds writes:

Well-traveled associates bring back impressions of newspapers that are “just terrible” or a shadow of their former self.

An editor of a chain-owned small-city newspaper, which has been through cutbacks and price increases (and remains highly profitable), confesses that he is “worried as hell we’re not going to have enough news in the newspaper to make it worth picking up for 50 cents, let alone 75 cents.”

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