Monday, October 7, 2013

What’s Killing Newspapers

The Threat of Single Motherhood

“Even in a supposedly prosperous and well-educated state like Connecticut, how strong can demand for [the news] be now that half the children are being raised without two parents at home and thus acquiring developmental handicaps. . . .”

“Indeed, newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households—two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such. But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read.”

—Chris Powell, managing editor, in editorial, “Journalisms problem may not be the Internet,” The Journal Inquirer, Manchester, Connecticut, Sept. 28, 2013 

• Editorial Comment: Sheesh.

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