A free press?
I found this in an opinion piece on an industry site and found it interesting. You may not, so this may just be a note to myself.
“There may have been a time when … circulation revenue paid the costs of producing a newspaper (presses, newsprint, ink, etc.) and getting it to [the reader]. Unfortunately that is rarely the case any longer. The escalating costs of circulation operations mean that in many instances circulation revenue barely covers the circulation department budget.” — From Lou Alexander, a former retail manager, classified manager etc.
That means the price one pays for a newspaper is really JUST covering the cost for the newspaper delivery. The advertisers are paying for the the content and paper and everything. The reader is just paying for the delivery. Not all that different from the Web, eh?