HBO’s John Oliver rants about future of newspapers; his solution off-base

A memorable tirade about the future of newspapers and the dire state of journalism by HBO host and comedian John Oliver is worth 19 minutes if you can swing it. I like much of what Oliver said and especially loved his little vignette at the end on how things may go - riffing off the movie … [Read more...]

The future is now in Montreal daily scene; La Presse surges forward into digital format

To the surprise of many - including apparently the printer - Montreal's daily La Presse announced last week that it will move to a digital-only format every day but Saturday on January 1. As one wag remarked in the comments section of the Globe's coverage, sales of hand soap are sure to drop … [Read more...]

News about newspapers; being read, even by those under 34

A quick note of hope about newspapers. NADbank, the research arm of Canada's print industry, reported last week that "newspaper brands reach more than 70 per cent of Canadians in a typical week". You can bet we aren't all reading get-ink-on-your-fingers copies of the newspaper, but we are reading … [Read more...]

Niche papers in print – here today, here to stay?

A stack of papers called BC Craft Beer News recently caught my eye in a coffee shop. "Free, so buy your friend a pint" it says on the front page. It's an upbeat, 16-page tab all about the "promotion, growth and enjoyment of ... brewing culture in BC". On a road trip in the States last week I … [Read more...]

It’s – 30 – for the Kamloops Daily News

Newspapers are sometimes referred to as the "daily miracle" - so I'm always sad when I hear another is closing. Here in BC, we are losing the Kamloops Daily News after 80 years of producing their daily miracle. I like to think I played an infinitesimal part in the making of that miracle. I did it … [Read more...]