Alberta Diary: The Postmedia-Quebecor deal: Welcome to newspaper hell, where the lowest common denominator will prevail

An unreconstituted Toronto Sun front page. Newspaper hell? Turns out it’s not quite as bad as we imagined it would be, except for the few unfortunates who still work in what’s left of the industry. Below: Tom Kent, who headed the 1981 Royal Commission on Newspapers, which was ignored when it was written and is ...

Alberta Diary: If you can’t trust Postmedia when it reports on oil and the environment, when can you trust it?

If you can’t trust your Postmedia website, who can you trust? I mean, other than Alberta Diary. Regardless, don’t blame these poor guys. They’re just trying to earn a living. Below: Economist Robyn Allen, Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey. Industry self-regulation doesn’t work and never will for a simple reason: He who pays the piper calls ...

Alberta Diary: Paywalls: a real ‘fiscal cliff’ for a plunging news industry

You’d have to be as rich as these well-dressed young readers to manage multiple newspaper subscriptions online! Below: P.T. Barnum with Commodore Nutt, the well-known newspaper paywall technology entrepreneur. Warning: potential profits may be smaller than they appear in newspaper publishers’ rear-view mirrors. Beneath Barnum and Nutt: some comments from yesterday’s Globe and Mail story ...

punditman: Uncommon Wisdom at the Convenience Store

punditman says.. Punditman recently learned that convenience store owners everywhere toss out more old newspapers than ever before because apparently nobody reads anymore. Punditman always knew that news industry circulation numbers were faked but the whole thing has become laughable. Call it the Twitterization of the public mind, but surely publishing newsprint is one dying ...

punditman: Uncommon Wisdom at the Convenience Store

punditman says.. Punditman recently learned that convenience store owners everywhere toss out more old newspapers than ever before because apparently nobody reads anymore. Punditman always knew that news industry circulation numbers were faked but the whole thing has become laughable. Call it the Twitterization of the public mind, but surely publishing newsprint is one dying ...