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March 14, 2005

Newspapers Face Tough Times Ahead

imageIt's not exactly news that newspapers, the home to a major portion of comics output in America through its traditional role running comic strips, have a lot of obstacles to overcome these days. This includes the tough twosome of declining readership and increased pressure to generate revenue. Nothing lays it out in plain language like the study "The State of the American News Media, 2005," summarized here. I think what's interesting to note for strips is that moves into newspaper growth areas -- online, Spanish language, and alternative papers -- have been pretty limited thus far, or in the case of the first of those three, haphazard and long in coming. Those on-line efforts seem to be under funded, as well as lack consistency and ways to better interact with the print product that builds interest in both.
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