Why, I remember, way back in the day when your grandpappy still had his hair and the world was young, a Sunday newspaper was really something. Bigger, thicker, more stories, and the funny pages were in color. Jeepers, back then, why, a Sunday paper was something to see, something to linger over.
So what's new in the Sunday PDN today? There's the big, in-depth story on...Blackberry pies at Joyce Daze. That's the above the fold lead story. Then there's a "story" - actually a repurposed press release from the City - informing people that several parking lots downtown will be closed for repairs next week. And then there's the story about the child rapist who was sentenced last week. Last week, as in, on Wednesday. KONP had the story up on their website Thursday morning. It was mentioned here soon after. The PDN put their story up (as of this writing on Sunday morning) five hours ago.
And that's about it for new stories. In the big Sunday paper.
After their laughable website redo, I was absolutely believing that the PDN was moving towards a weekly model, and/or being an online-only "newspaper." But seeing how little they are actually doing makes me wonder if they're going to exist at all for much longer. No one will pay for this tiny trickle of non-news, in any format. It's not a viable model at all. Maybe they can limp along for a little while through staff cuts and ad sales, but what we're seeing now is totally unsustainable in even the short run. I mean, who is going to bother paying to advertise in a "newspaper" that no one is reading?
This is bad news for Paul Gottlieb, and (potentially) good news for the Port O Call. It was always a natural thing for the Peninsula Daily News to actively oppose the Port O Call - it fit their personality and paranoid ideology. But seeing what we're seeing now with the rapid shrinkage of the PDN, it's clear that they saw the Port O Call as a real threat to their business.
So here's to the Peninsula Daily News suffering a death by a thousand paper cuts. No "newspaper" has deserved it more.