If you want to understand the demise of print media ponder these two things: The Republic's Robert Leger has taken advantage of the Gannett early retirement incentive package. Now ponder Leger's "Quick Hit" from last Thursday. Then tell me why print media is falling apart.
See the problem? Leger is the "Opinions Editor". That's a really high position and in that position, he presumably shapes some of the opinions that the Republic presents. In fact, Leger himself is opining on the rather complex topic of redistricting. Unfortunately, in the first sentence, he demonstrates that he has no idea what he's talking about.
Notice that he describes Doug Quelland as a "perennial candidate"? Either Leger doesn't understand the political use of the word "perennial" or he doesn't know that Quelland was elected to 3 terms in the Arizona House of Representatives and served nearly 6 years before being booted by the Clean Elections Commission.
In the next sentence, Leger proves that he doesn't know Quelland's background. "He doesn't have the money to win a legislative race..." Unbelievable. Yes, Robert, he won three legislative races. The problem is that you have risen to the level of Opinions Editor and have never heard of Quelland and never bothered to look him up before you opined on a really complex issue about which you know nothing.
So when you wonder why people no longer subscribe to the paper, think back on Leger. He's a six figure guy who rose to the level of "Opinions Editor" and doesn't even have a basic understanding of Arizona politics or political history. That ignorance is reflected in his opinions...which is why fewer and fewer people subscribe and is ultimately why the old model no longer supports six figure guys who don't know anything.
That's all you need to know about that state of print media.