Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Future May Be Online for Maine Newspapers, But Only To A Point

Latest Cutbacks at Portland Press-Herald Even Affect Web Site

An item in the Portland Press-Herald about 27 positions being eliminated at Maine's largest paper is, at first blush, no different than the dozens of articles other newspapers have printed about their own staff reductions.
But what is revealing here is that the cutbacks affect "almost every department" in the newspaper including its web site, Maine Today.
Given that's where many of its readers are heading, you'd think Maine Today would be the one sacred cow Down East.
If not, then it only highlights how lousy the advertising climate is, if as publisher Charles Cochrane says, the numbers this year are off from "the weak results posted last year."
And you thought Maine was already cold enough this time of year.

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