Newspapers need to stop whining, restore trust with public

Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

The smarter newspaper publishers concluded long ago that newspapers made a mortal mistake by making their news reports free in the dawn of the digital age, thinking free samples would swell circulation numbers and show prospective subscribers what they would miss if they didn’t pay up. Hard-headed businessmen and business women, ranging from corner grocers to automobile mechanics to bordello madams, could have told them that you can’t make a profit on your product by giving it away. Newspapers have their problems, and none of them will be resolved by pitiful cries for mercy. Trust is what needs fixing.

Newspaper circulation sees biggest decline in six years

T. Becket Adams, Washington Examiner

The long-term health of the newspaper industry has been in doubt for years, and the sharp drop in circulation in 2015 suggests things aren't about to improve. Weekday circulation declined by seven percent in 2015, and Sunday circulation fell by a four percent, according to data presented in the Pew Research Center's "State of the News Media 2016" report.