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Long Beach Register, And The Future Of Newspapers

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Long Beach is getting its own new paper today- the Orange County Register is launching the Long Beach Register.

If you live or work in Long Beach, or have interest in the city, you can get a copy of this subscriber-based Monday through Friday paper for a dollar a day. Single copies of the Long Beach Register will be available in about 450 news racks and retail locations across Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood Cerritos, and Artesia. For online readers, you will be able to access the content at lbregister.com.

The Long Beach Register will include a main section and a sports section. The main section will cover all kinds of community events, businesses, people, local politics, entertainment, schools, health, education, and so on. The sports section will include coverage of LBUSD prep sports, Long Beach State and City College.

Here is the first question I had when I found out about the launch- Why?

Yes, that simple. Why launch a newspaper in what appears to be a dying industry? In the past, if someone wanted to rent an apartment or sell something, money was made by placing a classified. If you wanted to find out what was said in a political speech, or some development in the sports world you turned to the paper. That is no longer the case. You can place your own classified on Craigslist and easily turn on the news for your updates, or better yet just go online, scroll through your twitter feed, read a blog or two and you get everything you were looking for and then some. That's just how things are these days. It seems most papers are struggling, the circulation is half of what it once was.

For example, The Washington Post, the struggling paper sold to one of the country's richest men, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. So was this a good investment? For about 80 years the Washington Post has been owned by the Graham family. But like most papers, its been having a rough time, losing around $50 million last year. But in this case, Bezos can spend the money and experiment without really taking a hit to his wealth. He isn't alone in taking a gamble with the industry- the owner of the Boston Red Sox, John Henry, is buying the Boston Globe, Aaron Kushner has bought the Orange County Register, Warren Buffet has bought dozens of papers. It's unclear whether they're planning to continue operating as a traditional newspaper, for the name recognition...or a hybrid of the two.

Maybe a newspaper with a name like the Boston Globe and a distribution system like Metro New York (a free paper handed out in New York's subways). That remains to be seen...

But still, there is something special about holding a paper early in the morning with your cup of coffee. For some it may be a habit, for others there is an emotional nostalgic connection to a newspaper. And although things are changing, and we are changing with the times. There is just something to be said about picking up a paper or even a book to read instead of an tablet.

Even though may be able to get our news from a variety of sources instantly... for in depth, local, community based content we will continue to turn to the local paper and the local TV channel. At least that's the hope... It comes down to content.

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