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And here’s an 11th point: why do local newspapers (like our News-Sentinel in Knoxville) charge for a subscription? It seems to me they should be giving away the paper for free to anyone who is willing to take it. Advertisers should insist on it.
When you get all of their content on your iPad or laptop for free, why would anyone be willing to pay for the actual paper?
Or, conversely, put enough value in there that can only be conveyed in that medium so that it’s worth much more and people will pay.
Alan, I couldn’t agree with you more. And, some of the points you make extend to periodicals. I get a number of business magazines and the writing is terrible. Poor grammar, poor use of graphics,. etc. Most people in journalism are not competent, but they have huge attitudes and egos that they are very smart and important.
You’re seeing the results of schools failing us—people ascending to anchor positions and editorial desks who say “Between you and I,” and who simply read what’s in front of them without comprehension. Contessa Brewer read a prompter and introduced Jessie Jackson as Al Sharpton while looking right at him. Most business writers can’t conjugate a verb.
Alan – Great piece on newspapers, but one correction.
The representation in House of Representatives is based on the U.S. Census as you said, but there are several states with only one House member including Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_apportionment).
The Constitution does stipulate the number of U.S. Senators stay fixed with two from each state.
Thanks for the correction, I was confused on that and appreciate the help!
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