In its latest attempt to stay afloat, the California based News & Observer is linking selected article images to an online store where you can purchase high resolution digital photographs in the form of prints, coffee mugs, ceramic tiles, and Christmas ornaments.
It makes sense, if you’re paying good dollar for professional photographers, to try and maximize profits. But who’s going to buy a Beware of Obama holiday ornament? How about biscuit restaurant owners at the State Fair coffee mug?
The newspaper has been in the news itself lately for making round after round of job cuts. Subscribers to the physical paper have certainly noticed the shrinking volume of the daily news source. Online subscribers have noted that published articles from actual N&O staff members are becoming much less frequent, and pieces written by AP journalists and McClatchy employees elsewhere.