Tough road ahead for newspapers
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Dear Editor:

"Bright future for newspapers" (Guest Op-Ed by Caroline H. Little - October 11) faces significant challenges.

In the 1960s, New York City was blessed with over 12 daily newspapers sold at thousands of neighborhood newsstands. The Brooklyn Eagle, Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press have all come and gone.

How fortunate that we live in one of the few remaining free societies with a wealth of information sources available. Most American cities and suburbs are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.

Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution, along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the Internet and other new information sources.

There continues to be ongoing circulation battles between a number of daily newspapers. Readers can select from New York Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday. There is also national editions of USA Today and the Wall Street Journal along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York.

More people turn to radio, national networks, cable news stations and the Internet for late-breaking news that can sometimes become stale by the time it reaches print the next day.

And a growing population of new immigrants support their own newspaper, radio and television stations.

Let’s us hope all the remaining newspapers grow and prosper.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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