Friday, May 21, 2010
Newspaper saved by killing website, adding staff
Conventional wisdom in the newspaper business is that papers should shrink their newsrooms and expand their websites in order to survive. When Denver's Rocky Mountain News folded last year, political reporter M.E. Sprengelmeyer lost his job. So he got in the car and drove south to New Mexico, where he grew up. He bought a weekly, the Guadalupe County Communicator, where he did precisely the opposite of the conventional wisdom: He increased the staff by 40% and killed the paper's website, saying it was hurting street sales. CNN's Tom Foreman picks up the story from there.