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Monday my husband said he thought we should cancel our subscription. We both use the internet more for our news and the paper can go unopened 3 or 4 days a week. The Sunday edition is the only we both routinely read these days. I was unsure and thought I'd rather keep it up, at least for now…. Until today. They must be getting a co-op kick back for the marketing from the ad company.

I think the lesson here is that everyone of us is in charge of our careers and if you aren't getting more education, more experience, networking, etc. you will be sunk when the ship hits the shoals and sinks with the unprepared crew.

Hubby and I started the NY Times 4 days a week on the day the Republic started their "Monday-lite" edition where everyone in the family has to fight over a single USA Today-like section. While there's not much "news" there is a separate Sports section. Go figure.

Even sadder is the fact that the Simpsons story was the most interesting story in the Republic that day.

You nailed it JG! lmao

On one hand your wonder what the newspaper of the future will look like, and on the other hand you criticize the newspaper for trying to adapt to what it's changing audience is interested in.

Newspapers must adapt and change to survive. Unfortunately, many inside of the business come from one of two mentalities - yours, which recognizes that daily newspapers are hurting yet stubbornly cling to the idea that journalism must be remain the journalism of the '70s - agressive, investigative and "serious" – and those who think that newspapers are dying and wish to not reinvent the wheel, but dumb down their product by including pages and pages of infotainment.

The newspaper of the future is very different from the newspaper of yesterday - it must take its clues from succesful publishing models in the magazine world, it must think and listen hard to what its readers want, and it must diversify its offerings to meet the changing needs of its core readership.

To suggest newspapers are dying when the Republic alone still moves about 300,000 copies a day is foolish. No media entity in Arizona reaches anywhere near that number of people each day. In the face of a huge explosion of competitors (internet, other print material, radio and television), it has lost a relatively small portion of its market share ...

Unfortunately, the people at Gannet seem so convinced the newspaper is dying that they're willing to sacrifice their profit engine for a web-based entity. That seems silly considering they're moving from a world where competition was limited by access to a printing press to a world where a 19-year-old kid with a good idea and a couple hours free time on his hands can get more readership than you.

Yeah, it's been said already. . . the Simpons are ruling the paper because the end of the legislative session wasn't selling.

It's both a sad day for the paper, and not a good testimony for the reading public.

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