Is the QC Times irrelevant???
Understand I am a newspaper guy. I start my day my reading three and then going on line for a few others. My three papers are the QC Times, Des Moines Register and Wall Street Journal. Sometimes I can grab the Argus as well. Old fashion as it may be, I believe a newspaper can be the soul of a community.
That said, a buddy of mine told me yesterday he was dropping the QC Times. Lack of content, over sized ads and the ability to check obituaries and such on-line makes the paper side worthless to him. So I took a quick survey of 15 folks and found 10 of them don’t subscribe to the QC Times.
Grabbing my paper this morning, I find our newspapers mid front page is all about Carey Grant dying 20 years ago. That and a pointless editorial about Isle of Capri (sorry Mark Ridolfi). In fact, my daily review of the QC Times is becoming shorter and shorter. Among my 15 survey folks, lack of meaningful content was the primary reason for not buying the local paper.
Although I found Dustin Lemmon’s article of the Nixon murder case interesting, little else caught my eye. It’s said (and I find true), “Read the Des Moines Register today, so you know what’s in the QC Times tomorrow”. More and more, I am finding this to be true.
It’s got to be tough to be a local newspaper. They got to be “on” 24 hours a day. Industry wide, stock values for these companies are at all time lows. Subscription rates are dropping and alternative media and advertising venues put greater pressure on these local papers.
So my question (or babble) today is simple. Is the largest newspaper in eastern Iowa and western Illinois relevant? I say yes, but alarmingly less and less every day!
Have a great day….. George
Update - FYI
QC Times Front Page Story: here
DesMoines Register: here