Saturday, May 24, 2008

The world of no-cost news grows larger

The Bay Area is becoming saturated with free daily newspapers. San Mateo County Times columnist John Horgan observes:
    Another free daily tabloid newspaper is scheduled for launch very soon, perhaps as early as this week.

    The Daily Post will give the Peninsula no fewer than four such publications.

    The brains behind the latest freebie entry are Dave Price and Jim Pavelich, who started the Palo Alto Daily News in 1995, sold it (it's now owned by the company that produces The Times) and are now back for another local run.

    Is there any doubt that this is the liveliest, most competitive suburban area in the U.S. when it comes to the no-cost perusal of printed news and ads?

    Can the market accommodate all four, not to mention their paid-circulation peers? The jury is out on that one, folks. But there's never a shortage of stuff to read.
For the record, Price is on the Press Club board and serves as webmaster, posting many of the article seen on this site. Shown here are copies of his San Francisco paper, which recently changed its name from the San Francisco Daily to the Daily Post.


Anonymous said...

Dave Price, a newsman? That's a good one.

What kind of 'newsman' doesn't disclose the fact that he manages a blog, even when said blog contains numerous references to stories that are about him and his interests?

I guess this is exactly the kind of ethics we can expect to return to the peninsula from Price and his boss Jim Pavelich.

Ken said...

Did 'anonymous' bother to read the item before he flamed Price? The item was fully disclosed, as was the previous one.

Melissa Lucas said...

A new newspaper is surely a positive development. We should be cheering Dave Price for starting this paper, not attacking him.

Anonymous said...

Competition is great as long as it leads to better reporting. Competition can go the other way, where papers ape the supermarket tabloids in an attempt to out sensationalize each other. Hopefully they will both stay on the high road -- and if they do, they have really accomplished something.