Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:00 pm

Still a few bugs in the system

Filed under: Fun,Geek-related issues — Lex @ 9:00 pm
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A number of local folks, including the editor of the N&R himself, have written lately about the problems the N&R is having with its new website.

Well, just moments ago, I found, and got a screen shot of, evidence that bad things can happen to anyone:

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The outage, if such it was, lasted only a couple of minutes, but it was quite real. I hope this makes everyone feel better.

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2 Comments »

  1. Any thoughts of a 3 day a week paper coming soon? Heard that this new CMS is part of the path to cutting back.

    Comment by donmoore — Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:59 pm @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  2. No idea, Don. I haven’t talked recently to anyone still in the building on that subject and have no information beyond what Jeff Gauger has seen fit to tell the world. Were I publisher, one thing I’d look at first, from a biz standpoint, would be less drastic steps such as making Monday’s edition sports-only and Tuesday’s news/biz news only to try to reduce production costs.

    Historically, subscription revenue in newspapers has roughly covered production and distribution, with advertising revenue paying for the ads and journalism and providing the return to investors. I don’t know whether this is still true in the industry generally, let alone at the N&R specifically, but I’m guessing that on several days of the week, the production/distribution costs outweigh the revenue. If, hypothetically, that were the case, it would make business sense to reduce the number of publication days. But your online presence would need to be damn near bulletproof before you made that change or you’d lose even more customers than you need to. As we have seen, the N&R’s online presence isn’t bulletproof yet. Perhaps one day it will be.

    Comment by Lex — Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:23 pm @ 10:23 pm | Reply


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