New York Times Distribution Is Great
Stopping for an hour in Albuquerque Friday afternoon on the Southwest Chief, it took me just minutes to find a fresh copy of the New York Times just around the corner from the Amtrak station. During an eight-day trip back East and through 20 states in all, I never failed to find that day's copy of the New York Times.
Had the Los Angeles Times enhanced rather than grossly cut back its national edition, and paid attention to the demographics of the newspaper business, the LAT would be in a far different position today. The Wall Street Journal discusses this this week in an article on John Puerner's demise as publisher of the L.A. Times.
New York Times circulation has dropped in New York City, but its circulation nationwide continues to climb. The reason is aggressive distribution of the newspaper. In traveling widely since retiring, only in Montana and Idaho have I been unable to find the daily NYT here in the United States.
These are tough, challenging times for all of us. LAT has to keep up if it hopes to prosper.