Sunday, March 20, 2016

WDT: Johnson Newspapers to acquire five weekly newspapers in Oswego County

   There must still be money in putting ink on paper, or people wouldn't be buying print properties. Surely the industry is changed and news as content is diminished through economic necessity, but there is still some kind of market out there.
   Of course it all involves technology and consolidation which is what any industry needs to do. Look at how radio has morphed from one station in a building with lots of staff, to a few people in a building with six or more stations chugging out product.
     As one who also works in an industry in transition, I've seen a lot of changes in the past 31 years. Much of it involving a thinning of the herd.
Watertown Daily Times | Johnson Newspapers to acquire five weekly newspapers in Oswego County

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Buying up the competition is just as apt to be about controlling the market price, rather than buying another businesses profitability. If you own a business and need to advertise in print, your choices just got much smaller and the price you pay just got much more firm. This is what socialism/communism/totalitarianism (which are all the same things) leads to. The smaller companies are forced to sell because they cannot oblige by all the socialist laws passed. The larger companies are happy to have less competition and raise their prices accordingly. AT&T all over again.

Anonymous said...

Makes perfect sense. The WDT is pretty much a weakly publication as well. I don't understand why, or how that paper developed such a disdain for its readership.

Anonymous said...

Holy Christ. just shut up already. But that's not really possible I guess, because blogs really only exist to creat tension. That's the draw. This one, Newzjunky, etc... They don't actually provide any journalism , they just steal the most controversial stories from a variety of sources, puke them out into a free web page, and wait for the morons to gobble them up and spit out the comments elicited by said articles.

Yeah, that's the media of the 21st Century . Stolen music, stolen books, stolen movies, stolen news. Now if somebody could just figure out how to monetize all this theft. Oh wait, they have. They sell adds.

Now if you can just figure out how to steal add space. Hmmmmm....

Anonymous said...

Truth spoken 5:21! News coagulators should not be confused with journalists. Anyone can throw a blog up and collect opinions.

Jeff Graham said...

955 So throw one up and try to gain an audience. Oh, you didn't think of that. The links are just the topic. It's the blogger's comments and elaboration some may find useful.
But if they don't, just like the journalist's product , they can not read it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent retort mayor !
Not to mention that you scop them on half the stories and not just because of the position you held. Of course, the local media has no problem with getting news first because of the positions they hold....paper of record and monopoly on a television frequency.

Anonymous said...

Spot on 5:21...if it wasn't for actual journalists and "real" media than the Newzjunkies of the world wouldn't have any substance for their sites. Now Mr. Graham is right to a certain extent. Good for Junknews. They had an idea, ran with it and it worked. But, if TV7 and the WDT times ceased to exist, they wouldn't have anything to use. And, don't forget, the only real things that get pushed on that site are a few weekly radio shows with minimal followings and any BS article on the arena or pool. Anything to repeat negativity which, sadly, is the norm for that site. This is why people have little interest in public office, everything gets put into a grinder and gets spit out as negative press. I am not a supporter of the Arena, but, it's time to move on and utilize it and hopefully promote it in the community. Weird idea huh?

Anonymous said...

Can not read it, or have the option not to read it? That flows better.
Thanks, Jeff. But not all of us live on line lives.

Anonymous said...

Throw up a blog ? Yep, that about sums it up.