There has been a modest recovery in the health of the US media business as measured by change in revenue from 2009 to 2010 according to the Pew 2011 State of the Media Study. Notably, the newspaper industry is not sharing in this reversal of fortune.
As I wrote almost one year ago, newspapers are on their way to becoming irrelevant. The newest revenue trends underscore the seriousness of the decline, with newspapers declining by 6.4% while all other channels showed improvement.
Long one of the most profitable segments of the newspaper, classified advertising faces headwinds from the slower economy, but the larger problem is competition from new channels. Everything from Craigslist to Realtor.com to Monster have become the preferred ways to conduct traditional classified ad commerce such as selling a car or house or finding a job. Only paid obituaries and legal notices have remained steady.
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