Newspaper ad revenues are falling about as quickly as my golf scores are climbing. Teeing up a joint effort to attract advertisers through an online network is a foursome of publishers: Gannett
The network, called QuadrantOne, will be composed of about 120 national newspapers. The Times' lead newspaper of the same name won't be included, nor will Gannett's USA Today, since both papers already have their own online sales operations.
This is the latest manifestation of a near-desperation attempt by newspapers to expand their online products as rapidly as they can. A separate group of papers already has teamed up with Yahoo!
My Foolish friends know, of course, why this is happening: In the face of the gradual newspaper ad revenue slide, their websites' ad sales are climbing quickly.
Only a tiny fraction of most newspaper companies' revenues still comes from the online side. Even a mighty effort to boost online sales will have limited consequences -- yet another reason for Fools to continue to give a very wide berth to newspaper investments.
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