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(Jim Romenesko)   Single-copy price of USA TODAY skyrockets from $1 to $2 this week, because great infographics are worth paying for   (jimromenesko.com) divider line 62
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2013-09-29 11:40:52 PM
So are Geek Tab sponsorships on Fark

/that damn video in the corner always crashed my browser when it was there
 
2013-09-29 11:52:00 PM
Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.
 
2013-09-29 11:58:28 PM
They are down to their core readers now, those who are strong supporters through the good and the bad.

The WWE is the same way. They know they will always have the hardcore fans, so they give us shiat and charge more
 
2013-09-30 12:03:43 AM
That's pretty cheap for an heirloom.

/What do you mean they are still in print?
 
2013-09-30 12:05:27 AM

cman: They are down to their core readers now, those who are strong supporters through the good and the bad.

The WWE is the same way. They know they will always have the hardcore fans, so they give us shiat and charge more


Pretty much this.  Actual paper newspapers are becoming a niche item, and print magazines aren't far behind.  The people that were going to bail for online sources have already done so, so they might as well make money from those who are dedicated.
 
2013-09-30 12:06:49 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


I know I've never bought a copy, and I'm old enough to remember when it was started.
 
2013-09-30 12:18:54 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


Just deny the (now) $2 charge when you check in.
 
2013-09-30 01:59:05 AM
Does it at least come with a 4-pack of crayons so you can color in the infographics while you wait for your Pasketti and Meatballs kid's meal?
 
2013-09-30 02:28:43 AM

cman: They are down to their core readers now, those who are strong supporters through the good and the bad.

The WWE is the same way. They know they will always have the hardcore fans, so they give us shiat and charge more


Went to a friend's wrestling-themed costume party last night, so I got a kick out of this reply.
 
2013-09-30 02:58:08 AM

fusillade762: cman: They are down to their core readers now, those who are strong supporters through the good and the bad.

The WWE is the same way. They know they will always have the hardcore fans, so they give us shiat and charge more

Went to a friend's wrestling-themed costume party last night, so I got a kick out of this reply.


Always wanted to go to one of those and show up as either Duke Droese or Doink the Clown.

Hell, maybe the Blue Blazer with a bunch of leaves stapled on my cape
 
2013-09-30 03:53:17 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


I work for a hotel like this, and now we just keep a stack in the lobby.
 
2013-09-30 04:00:27 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


Seems like in the last year or two that doesn't happen any more.
 
2013-09-30 04:04:40 AM

SoxSweepAgain: Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.

I work for a hotel like this, and now we just keep a stack in the lobby.


Because keeping them in the crapper would be redundant.
 
2013-09-30 04:10:46 AM
USA Today...the newspaper for the ADHD crowd
 
2013-09-30 04:17:12 AM
USA Yesterday

I do check them out when there's a violent or disturbing story and I'm not in the mood to read anything strong.

It would be interesting to see a grade reading level study on major newspapers. They're probably around 4th grade.
 
2013-09-30 04:21:20 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


Usually I don't even bother to pick it up from the door.

That's why you leave a couple dollars to maid.
 
2013-09-30 04:22:42 AM
USA Today is what you get when Wolf Blitzer's corpse gets run through an offset press.
 
2013-09-30 04:25:00 AM
tried to research college rankings.  a shiattone of links of ufia today gave info on colleges in 2010.
 
2013-09-30 04:30:58 AM
Not only do their readers move their lips when the read the articles, they move their lips when they look at the pictures.
 
2013-09-30 04:31:38 AM
"minimal drop in subscription numbers"

doodletribe.co.uk
Nothing, carry the nothing....
 
2013-09-30 04:42:48 AM
Professional journalism is dead. Gannet and the rest are just ekeing out what they can from advertisers and subscribers before packing it all up and going home.

The democratization of media has been bittersweet and I don't know where to turn for informed news anymore. Spin used to be subtle, now it is all in your face and completely contemptuous of its audience... or it is grade school level pabulum.

I am not reacting to the price increase, that is minor. I would gladly pay $3 for an issue now and then if it was thoughtful and insightful and not the thin, limp thing on the newsstand today.
 
2013-09-30 04:46:46 AM
Oh hell, I can steal it much cheaper than that.
 
2013-09-30 04:47:05 AM

Ready-set: USA Yesterday

I do check them out when there's a violent or disturbing story and I'm not in the mood to read anything strong.

It would be interesting to see a grade reading level study on major newspapers. They're probably around 4th grade.


Close. My tech writing prof says today's "industry standard" reading level is 8th grade -- aka somebody around 12-13 years old. Back in the 80s, it was 10th grade, and we all thought that was ridiculously low.

I foresee the reading levels getting even lower when schools stop teaching handwriting. No, not just cursive, but all writing by hand in favor of using a keyboard alone.
 
2013-09-30 05:01:00 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


It isn't free; it's added to your room charge
 
2013-09-30 05:05:57 AM

stratagos: Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.

It isn't free; it's added to your room charge


To avoid embarrassing questions about room charges, it's listed as "porn" on your bill.
 
2013-09-30 05:06:12 AM
Why does one need a newspaper when he have genius, progressive millennial blogs by the millions spreading truth to everyone? Don't you know they're the REAL journalists?

Who cares if your library's book budget is ever shrinking in favor of computers so people can facebook and email and minecraft while creeper old men and the homeless look up porn? It's their god-given right! Fark books! Who reads books anymore? You can't even turn them off, lame. Books, with their multi-syllable words, thinking they're better than you. Equal rights means facebook for all! Haterz gon hate!
 
2013-09-30 05:07:38 AM
People pay for that paper? Jesus...

When I was in college (undergrad and grad), I would always pick up both the local paper and USA Today on the way to breakfast, then enjoy both newspapers in the comfort of the wonderfully empty* cafeteria. Free newspapers paid for by the university--the only thing keeping non-students from them was that they required a swipe of a student ID to open the box. It was one of the pleasures of living on campus.

*College cafeterias are invariably all but empty at 7am and remain that way for an hour.
 
2013-09-30 05:27:10 AM

Danger Avoid Death: SoxSweepAgain: Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.

I work for a hotel like this, and now we just keep a stack in the lobby.

Because keeping them in the crapper would be redundant.


Lots of them end up there, usually with only the sports section read.
 
2013-09-30 05:31:26 AM
OMG LOL teh print media iz suxxorz
 
2013-09-30 05:47:31 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.

I know I've never bought a copy, and I'm old enough to remember when it was started.


This.
The only only time I've bought a copy was when my high school football team was ranked nationally.
 
2013-09-30 05:50:46 AM
I like what Linda Ellerbee wrote about USA Today - A newspaper for people for whom television is too complicated.

I stopped traveling for a while, but had a bunch of travel recently. No USA Today at my room door. Some of the higher-end places used to offer a choice (local paper, USA Today, or Wall Street Journal), but I only stay there if there is a meeting I have to go to and there is nothing cheaper within walking distance.

I get most of my news on my computer or phone these days anyway. I don't think I have done anything for many years with USA Today other than put it next to the trash can.
 
2013-09-30 06:06:21 AM
Off to buy a newspaper..
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We all gotta do our part to keep inflation roaring along.
 
2013-09-30 07:03:18 AM
The local papers are so thin by the same company I've been wondering when the hell they're going to starting wrapping the local paper on top of USA Today.  Well, October 6 they're doing just that in 4 cities.  This price increase makes the recent jacking of the local paper prices more palatable when they start inserting USA Today into ALL the local papers they own.

I still read papers.  I used to deliver the things recently for extra money too.  But the economics don't work out on vehicle expense versus declining subscribers and lower pay despite higher customer pricing.  I guess if you need an excuse to avoid getting drunk and/or can't do math it's the job for you.
 
2013-09-30 07:11:19 AM
"Negligable decline."  25% sub droppoff over 6 months when the local paper doubled it's price.  As they are gearing towards local paper insertion, be ready for their bragging about increased subscribers.  They also recently handed over distribution of their paper to the local owned papers which makes their future "butterfly" editions easier.
 
2013-09-30 07:15:07 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


THIS.   Even at that, I can't remember the last time I truly  read a USA Today, even when it was sitting right outside my hotel room door.

Gannett's newspaper offerings have been dwindling in quality for some time.  One of the local papers is Gannett and the quality of writing and reporting is abysmal at best.  Flipping through a copy of today's paper, there's only FIVE local stories in it, with the rest being copied & pasted from USA Today.   Even the equally-poor TV news offerings have more content than that available.   The final insult is them wanting $10/mo for online access.

Similarly, what has happened to journalism today?  I can see the internet cutting into profits, but that's no excuse for poor-quality reporting.  If anything, increasing the quality of the reporting is the best way for traditional media to stay competitive in the internet/blogosphere world of today.  Things which were damn-near fireable offenses when I was in journalism are the norm today.  Excessive hype, failure to include Who What When Where Why, failure to do your own research, failure to verify facts.  CNN, The Weather Channel, and plenty of newspapers have been guilty of that, probably just in the last week alone.  Any one of those things were enough to get someone fired at the media organization I worked for.  Now these things seem like organizational  goals.   Pathetic.
 
2013-09-30 07:15:11 AM
Pump and dump!
Because it's Gannett, BAAAAAYYBBEEEEEE!
 
2013-09-30 07:15:48 AM
/Layoffs to follow soon.
//News at eleven.
 
2013-09-30 07:26:53 AM
Now I'll be saving twice as much money!
 
2013-09-30 07:28:20 AM
I used to be Gannett's circulation analyst, and I described my job as "putting a positive spin on negative numbers".  I hope my younger, cheaper replacement is ready for the next batch of circ numbers.
 
2013-09-30 07:48:19 AM
Illuminated stink is here:  http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/
 
2013-09-30 07:52:39 AM
www.blog-growth.com
 
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2013-09-30 08:24:39 AM
I haven't seen a USA Today under my hotel door for a while now. Getting one was nice before I traveled with internet access.
 
2013-09-30 08:36:28 AM
I can typically read it cover to cover in about fifteen to twenty minutes.  That's not worth $2.00.  Even their sudoku and crosswords are designed at a third-grade level.
 
2013-09-30 09:14:05 AM
www.mindhuestudio.com
 
2013-09-30 09:16:33 AM
Just wait until 2015 when it goes up to $6.00 per copy.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-30 09:21:08 AM
Because nothing will boost sales of a dying medium like raising the price.
 
2013-09-30 09:37:48 AM

Cyberluddite: Seriously, there are people who actually pay for USA Today, rather than getting a free copy jammed in front of their door (and thrown directly into the trash when found) while staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Courtyard by Marriott or similar midrange chain hotel?  I don't believe it.


It's the paper of record*

/*- for business travelers wolfing down hotel buffets or on the shiatter at the end of the day.
 
2013-09-30 09:39:59 AM

Boxcutta: Just wait until 2015 when it goes up to $6.00 per copy.


I'd never read the fine print. "Queen Diana". "Swiss Terrorist Threat". And the kicker: "President Says She's Tired". I guess that means that at some point in the next two years Sarah Palin does automatically become president and Obama has to go help harvest kelp.
 
2013-09-30 09:44:01 AM
I was expecting a jump to $1.25, but DOUBLE to 2 bucks? FTS.
 
2013-09-30 09:47:06 AM

theorellior: And the kicker: "President Says She's Tired".


Don't you think she looks tired?
 
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