Newspaper Industry Changing, Including the Gazette

By: Rosie Barresi
By: Rosie Barresi

Do you read the newspaper anymore? Well, if you don't you're not alone. The newspaper industry is changing and it's happening fast. The Colorado Springs Gazette, you may have noticed, is different.

You'll notice that the daily paper is thinner than it used to be.

The Editor and Vice President of the Gazette, Jeff Thomas, says there are two very good reasons for that. "We are at a huge transition phase right now in this industry," said Thomas.

The first reason has to do with the World Wide Web. More and more people get their news on-line. "Last year was the first year that more people got their local news from the internet than from their newspaper," said Thomas.

"You can get everything you possibly need on the internet," said Colorado Springs resident, Casey Klug.

The second reason is because of the slowed economy. Thomas says they are getting far fewer advertising dollars now compared to several years ago because of the struggling economy. "Fifty percent news and roughly 50% advertising, and that's what we need to be at in order to remain profitable and viable," said Thomas.

So Thomas says the fewer advertising dollars they get, the fewer stories they can publish. And Thomas says they're not alone, he says newspapers across the country are slimming down and readers are noticing. "It's like the incredible shrinking newspaper," said out-of-towner, John Bridges.

Thomas says their two biggest costs are employee payroll and printing costs. "We buy it by the train load," said Thomas.

He also says it costs millions of dollars a year to print so the fewer pages they have to print translates to less money they have to spend.

The Gazette, according to Thomas, has gone from roughly 130-employees to around 80-employees in the last several years. Ads printed in the Gazette pays 80% of their bills. Subscriptions, on the other hand, Thomas says is a very small percentage of their income.

You might also notice at the bottom of some stories, it will tell you to go to their website for a more complete version of the story.

Sunday's Gazette will remain the same.

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  • by Richard Location: Co Springs on Feb 5, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    My grandmother and her elderly sisters that arent; computer literate look forward to reading the paper in it's entirety. Now you are neglecting them because of the web papers. As long as your pocketbooks are fat and your bottom line isn't at the bottom your going to give less and expect more. Such a selfish act to me. No wonder our economy is lacking many blessings. It's closed its heart and opened its pocketbooks around the world. The root of all evil is money.
  • by maria on Feb 4, 2009 at 03:40 PM
    I paid full price for the paper 5 month's ago and now you give me half of the paper. Do I get a refund.. Now I know I will not update my subscription. Gazette ought to just close the doors for good.
  • by Non reader Location: cs on Feb 4, 2009 at 10:23 AM
    I give the gazette one more year before they are reduced to a weekly with free distribution. They will then be competing with the indy for their few readers. the web is the only way to go now days.
  • by Lon Location: CSBJ on Feb 4, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    You should have clarified that Daily newspapers especially metro dail newspapers are what are really going donwhill. Community papers and business journals are still doing fine.
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Feb 3, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    Interesting to note that the "best" subscription price to the printed edition had gone up when I recently renewed, even though the quantity of paper has now gone down. I don't think I'll be renewing it again.
  • by Anita Morrison Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 3, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    the gazette Sunday is not the same. They are asking for extra money for a T.V. guide that had originally been included as a part of the Sunday paper, and this is totally unfair. This is why I cancelled my paper. And a lot of other customers will do the same.
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