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hispanic print advertising for attorneys - An Industry Imperiled

An Industry Imperiled by Falling Profits and Shrinking Ads
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In just the endure few weeks, The San Diego Union-Tribune alone added than 100 jobs, one-tenth of its plan force. The Chicago Sun-Times began a above annular of newsroom layoffs, again put itself up for sale, and publishers in Minneapolis and Philadelphia warned that boxy economics could force cuts there.

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A newsstand in New York. Some above newpapers accept several times as abounding readers online as in print, but austere banking letters accept affected the affidavit to downsize.

Not continued ago, account like that would accept fatigued abundant annotation and hand-wringing in the bi-weekly business, but in the endure few months, reductions accept become so accepted that they almost accomplish a ripple alfresco anniversary paper's hometown. Back mid-2007, above downsizing — generally accompanying with austere banking letters — has been imposed at The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News, USA Today and abounding others.

The allocution of newspapers' annihilation is earlier than some of the reporters who address about it, but what is accident now is something new, something added austere than anyone has accomplished in generations. Endure year started abominably and concluded worse, with shrinking profits and aerobatics banal prices, and 2008 is abstraction up as added of the same, bidding louder allocution about a aphotic axis point.

"I'm an optimist, but it is actual harder to be absolute about what's traveling on," said Brian P. Tierney, administrator of The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News. "The next few years are transitional, and I anticipate some affidavit aren't traveling to accomplish it."

Advertising, the antecedent of added than 80 percent of bi-weekly revenue, commonly rose and fell with the all-embracing economy. But in the endure 12 to 18 months, that hotlink has been broken, and admiral do not apprehend to be able to adjustment it absolutely anytime soon.

In 2007, accumulated print and online ad acquirement fell about 7 percent. In the endure six decades, alone one added year — 2001, if there was a recession — had a steeper decline, according to the Bi-weekly Association of America. Adjusted for inflation, 2007 ad acquirement was added than 20 percent beneath its aiguille in 2000.

Circulation acquirement has beneath steadily back 2003, and the amount of copies awash has been bottomward about 2 percent a year. Some of the better affidavit — including The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times — accept absent 30 to 40 percent of their apportionment in just a few years.

The abiding about-face of advertising to the Internet — abnormally classified ads for things like jobs, cars and houses — accelerated endure year. The absolute acreage abatement hit the bi-weekly business hard, abnormally in California and Florida, area absolute acreage ads fell added than 20 percent at some newspapers.

Over all, bounded advertising has fallen, while "the civic ad bazaar is still strong," said Alexia Quadrani, an analyst at Bear Stearns & Company. "Local advertisers accept been swallowed up, and there are just fewer. Your bounded pharmacy becomes CVS; your bounded accouterments abundance becomes Home Depot."

In the endure few days, several bi-weekly companies accept appear anemic December results, and they warned that January looked analogously bad and that the bearings would aggravate in a recession.

"The acceptable alternate factors are axis south at the aforementioned time as the structural factors," said Ken Doctor, an industry analyst with the analysis close Outsell. "It's a actual sobering time."

Newspaper admiral and analysts say that it could yield 5 to 10 years for the industry's affairs to balance and that abounding of the affidavit that survive will be abate and will convenance beneath aggressive journalism.

Some companies may attending for buyers, but it is not bright how abundant of a bazaar for newspapers remains. The aboriginal analysis will appear from the Sun-Times Media Group, which appear Monday that afterwards adversity abysmal losses and closing several baby account papers, it would try to advertise any assets it could, including its flagship paper, The Sun-Times.

Others may seek apartment from bazaar pressures by acceptable nonprofit or traveling private; the Tribune Company afresh did both. Added publishers, like the Washington Post Company and the E. W. Scripps Company, are cloistral somewhat by accepting awful assisting non-newspaper holdings, but even they accept fabricated cuts.

Critics of the industry — including abounding admiral aural it — say that newspapers accept done a poor job adapting to the Internet and alive creatively and aggressively to advertise ads.

Mr. Tierney agrees, "but you could change that and still be sliding," he said. "When everyone's demography on water, you can't apprehend to break dry — alone beneath wet."


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