March 18, 2009
/ by Heidi Sullivan
You know that old Western movie quote, “This town ain’t big enough for the both of us?” Well, it seems that the newspaper industry is experiencing the proverbial gunslinging shooutout.
Earlier this week, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer announced that it would cease print production and go online-only. Late last month, the Rocky Mountain News published its last paper. Fortunately, the Mile High City and the Emerald City still have the Denver Post and the Seattle Times, respectively.
This all got me wondering who would be the next to go. We’ve all heard that daily newspapers are struggling – but who will stay afloat? I took a look at all daily newspapers in the U.S. and Canada with a circulation of over 100,000 (I did not include the free commuter dailies like Chicago’s RedEye or the now-defunct BostonNow and Baltimore Examiner). Here are the three 100K-and-up dailies that have folded in the past year:
Notice anything? That’s right – these three papers share their market with another major daily newspaper. Could this by our crystal ball to predict which papers may fold next? Well, I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it certainly is a risk factor for papers who do share a market.
What other cities in North America have two or more daily newspapers with a circulation of over 100K? It’s not a long list, so if you’re looking to do some off-track betting, your chances are pretty good for at least one of the papers at each of the cities below:
We haven’t seen the layoffs and buyouts at Canadian newspapers that we have seen with newspapers in the U.S., so Toronto and Vancouver may be the safe ones on this list.
What do you think? Have we seen the worst or will more papers continue to fold? If so, who’s next on this list? What impact will it have on these cities if they become one-paper cities?
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