Hard Times at the Nation's Newspapers


Newspapers, though still very profitable, are losing both readers and advertising dollars at an alarming rate. In response, newspaper publishers are cutting costs and developing new products and features aimed at narrowly targeted, generally affluent, readers. But some in the industry worry that in the pursuit of higher profits publishers are compromising quality and letting marketing considerations affect news selection. And they fear these trends will accelerate because so many newspapers now face little or no competition, are publicly owned and are part of large newspaper chains.

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