[UPDATED] Managing editor: Newspapers can’t sell themselves to ‘bad’ families

-- "Traditional" family

— “Traditional” family

The view of Manchester (Conn.) Journal Inquirer managing editor Chris Powell:

Newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households — two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such.

But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

* Journalism’s problem may not be the Internet (journalinquirer.com)
* Read what my Facebook friends/subscribers say about Powell’s column (facebook.com)

Update — Matt DiRienzo writes: “It takes a special kind of misogyny to believe that the decline in print newspaper subscribers is due to women who get pregnant out of wedlock. Maybe the decline really started with women getting the right to vote, or working outside of the home?”


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