We’ve noticed a number of people twittering and facebooking today that they couldn’t find a copy of various papers this morning. Turns out they weren’t imagining it! The Daily News sold out of even the extra printed copies of their regular morning edition and planned on printing and distributing an updated second edition. The New York Times reported that the New York Post had also sold-out (in our non-scientifically based experience it is always the first to go) along with the Times.
The [Times] printed 35 percent more papers in the ‘single copy’ print run, which supplies newsstands. Still, by morning, company officials found that papers were “selling out all across the metropolitan area” and decided to print 50,000 more copies for sale in the New York area.
This isn’t a New York-based phenomenon, either. Apparently the Washington Post also sold-out of newsstand copies and the Chicago Tribune was experiencing very long lines. Now if Barack Obama could just do something historic and momentous every single day for the next four years he could feasibly save the entire print journalism industry!