Monday, 11 January 2010

Le Devoir: Media Exception or Model for the Future?

The Montreal daily Le Devoir celebrated its hundredth anniversary as an independent newspaper yesterday with an all-day open house and a gala evening party. Far more influential than its circulation--around 30,000--would suggest, the paper provides news and analysis in depth that is not found elsewhere. What is more, it is profitable.

As such, it is certainly bucking the trend in print media. At a time when CanWest newspapers including the Montreal Gazette are under protection from creditors and the two other French-language dailies in Montreal (with circulations orders of magnitude larger) are suffering, Le Devoir's success suggests that maybe principle is not only a good thing for our society, but also a better bet for media survival,

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