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Death of The Capital Times - Russellings

Feb. 7th, 2008

05:07 pm - Death of The Capital Times

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I am tragified.

I spend about an hour every night reclining on the couch reading the Cap Times. It's better than comfort food. It's a cultural touchstone. My grandpa read the Cap Times. So did my dad (subscribed to the Monday edition at our home in Eau Claire). Aside from the strike, I've been reading it every day for 36 years.

What'll I do for the funnies? The Pattersons in "For Better or for Worse" are almost like my own family.

Boo hoo hoo, poor me. 8:^(


Date:February 8th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
When did/will the Cap Times fold? (Of course there's been nothing about it in the Milwaukee media.) Frankly, I've been astonished that Madison's supported two daily papers this long.

"For Better or Worse" and lots of other good comics ("9 Chickweed Lane") can be gotten on line for free--.
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Date:February 8th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)

Well, They CLAIM It's Not Dead ...

I just got the news yesterday in this front-page story. Last day of paper publication (as a standard newspaper) will be April 29. After that, they'll have 1 issue a week — distributed free thruout the region — that'll mainly be opinion and commentary, and another issue (likewise widely available for free, as Isthmus andThe Onion are now) for entertainment coverage.

Otherwise, they expect to exist only as an on-line presence. Maybe it's the wave of the future, but I just don't see myself reclining on the couch holding a computer for an hour every day.

Yes, I suppose I should be grateful that it lasted as long as it did, but I don't see why, if 1 of them had to die, it couldn't have been the Wisconsin State Journal. *sigh*
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Date:February 9th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Well, They CLAIM It's Not Dead ...

It's been really hard for be an afternoon newspaper for a long time. Honestly when I lived in Madison the only reason I got the WSJ rather than the Cap Times was that I wanted to read the paper in the morning. I knew if I got it in the afternoon or evening then I'd probably never read it (especially when I was in grad school and often didn't get home until well after midnight, and as you can guess it was because I was working, not partying).

Even the daily papers are really suffering, of course. Most papers in the Bay Area are now owned by MediaNews, including the one I read, the San Jose Mercury News, which was sold to them as part of the Knight-Ridder implosion.

I expect within 20 years the news end of the newspaper industry will be effectively dead. Which will just about destroy investigative journalism in the US.
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