apparently someone in our office reads business in vancouver, as it came in the mail with a magazine of lists. there are lists for everything imaginable, but the one that caught my eye was for biggest newspapers in the vancouver area. they listed the top 20 vancouver area newspapers (by circulation), and here are the highlights with a few notes below.
|vancouver sun||203,101 (daily avg)||paid||1,000 (pacific newspaper group inc.)|
|province||167,565 (daily avg)||paid||1,000 (pacific newspaper group inc.)|
|surrey/north delta leader||82,300||free||np (40 last year)|
|north shore news||64,255||free||79|
|the now||52,500||free||np (last year 25)|
|north shore outlook||50,279||free||np|
|burnaby now||49,000||free||26 last year|
|globe and mail||48,245 (m-f)
|national post||45,923 (m-f)
|abbotsford news||44,223||free||125 fte|
and now for some basic observation:
- of the 20 papers listed, only 4 have paying readers
- 11 of the papers are owned by canwest global communications corp.
- 7 of the papers are owned by black press
- the 2 remaining papers owned by vancouver free press corp. and bellglobe media
- 6 of the papers have less employees than they did last year, 3 have more, and the rest were the same or didn’t report
- the national post dropped 6 positions from last year, while the globe and mail dropped 5. the paper rankings are based on circulation, so it appears canadians are reading the ‘national’ papers less. my guess is that they go online for this info. or they get enough canwest reprint in the local rags so they don’t bother with a national.
- there are probably many other observations the acute could draw, but i am not on the ball this morning.
my conclusion is that i would never, ever get into journalism. i’ve met a few journalists and none of them seem very happy. the newspaper business has too many power games, too few resources, and too much frustration.
and the jschools keep pumping these poor kids out at a steady clip.
journalism is a profession that has many similarities to the tech industry. tim bray posted some interesting comments lately, and i think there are strong parallels.