I just saw on Silicon Alley Insider that the Boston Globe is laying off 42 people. A friend of mine from my (few) days at Ottaway Newspapers works for Boston.com, the newspaper’s website, at last I heard. I hope he still has a job. When I dug into the article on SAI, I was shocked at the numbers I saw. I had no idea that the Globe’s circulation had fallen into the shitter. I know that Boston is a fairly small market, but the Globe is its major paper (or was).
Well, Silicon Alley Insider does a sufficient job reporting this …
How bad are things at the Globe? Six months ago circulation was 350,605. But by September, the paper only sold 323,983 copies a day — a 7.6% drop in readership in only six months. That’s worse than the newspaper industry as a whole, which dropped an average 4.6% in the same period. And then there’s the advertising recession.
When I lived in Boston, back in 2004, the Globe had a circulation of above 400,000. I was surprised to see that it had dipped to 350,000, let alone below 325,000. So, I guess it’s no surprise that the circulation of pink slips is up.