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Department Of Nobody-Asked-Me-But . . .

Posted by: Jon Fine on January 11, 2008

This week’s column contains some suggestions for how new Tribune owner Sam Zell might make his big deal work.

My goof in not asking all of you for input. So let me do so now: What should Zell do?

UPDATE 1/12: New York Magazine and LAObserved have some fun with this here and here.

Reader Comments

Len Kubas

January 12, 2008 12:55 PM

America's newspapers are profitable operations and will continue to be profitable in the years ahead.

The challenge for newspaper managers and owners, including Sam Zell, is to adopt new and better ways boost top line revenues, profitably. Newspaper managers are already very proficient at cutting costs and expenses.

Since advertising accounts for about 80%+ of American newspapers revenues, a good place for all newspaper executives to start "rebuilding life into newspapers" is by determining what advertisers want from newspapers and their related online and digital services, and then delivering on those expectations.

Robert Lloyd

January 21, 2008 8:02 PM

Just moments ago in your interview on the Jim Lehrer show, I thought I heard you say "diminishment." Perhaps our language has changed since I started first grade almost eighty years ago,
but I was taught that the word is "diminution." I am not too old to learn, and maybe you taught me something tonight. If so, thank you.
And if I taught you something in this email, it was my pleasure. Ciao!

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