October 12, 2004

Print Classifieds Losing Ground

Interesting report in Editor and Publisher about how eBay and Craigslist continue to nibble (or should I say chomp) away at print classified ads. "Craigslist seems less menacing," says the article. Really? Did they ask the Chronicle? Somehow I think the damage to print publications is a lot more widespread than publishers are letting on.

I love how print people, as we approach 2005, continue to be in denial about the online world. Newspapers need to decide: bug, or windshield?

And by the way, what's with the continuing shrinkage of newsprint? I know pulp's expensive, but geez. I picked up a Union-Tribune recently and couldn't believe how small the form factor's become.

Posted by brian at October 12, 2004 08:21 PM

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