"Some cheap little new urban tabloids, Monday-thru-Friday deals in Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville. They keep their production costs way down, have small staffs, and then you don't need to sell that many ads...."

He paused a moment, then launched into one of the more dizzying and complete run-downs of the print-run economics of newspapers you'll ever hear. Newsprint prices, recycled-paper inflation, circulation losses above the 50,000 threshhold ... just brilliant. Guy's been working the door for the Hearst family for going on 30 years, the last 13 without a newspaper to rally around, but he hasn't stopped thinking about the biz for a second.

Posted by at August 11, 2002 09:17 PM

Matt - Nice shoes. $15 Utility brand sneakers from Target, if I'm not mistaken. Excellent bargain footwear eh?

Posted by: Samuel M . Jones at August 12, 2002 01:36 PM

Damn, Sam, I shelled out $20! Must have been that Pasadena-Target inflation.... And yeah, they're pretty sweet.

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 12, 2002 01:38 PM

Do all newspaper buildings have jail cells? Why does that one?

Posted by: Andy Freeman at August 12, 2002 03:57 PM

The building is used primarily for movie sets. Fake LAPD offices, hospitals, jails, interrogation rooms, newsrooms & the like. What this building has, that few other newsrooms bother with anymore, is a top-floor penthouse for William Randolph Hearst and his movie gal-pal. Penthouse, of course, includes a couple of offices, a work desk, library, etc. It was great to be there.

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 12, 2002 04:19 PM

Nice navel Emanuelle.

Posted by: Lloyd Albano at August 13, 2002 02:14 PM
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