Black and white and read all-over less-and-less?

Cheery news from the Wall Street Journal this morning:

“Newspaper circulation fell 2.5% in the six-month period ending in March, according to data released Monday, as more people turned to the Internet and other media outlets for news and information. The decline in average paid weekday circulation was about the same as the previous six-month reporting cycle for the period ending last September, according to the Newspaper Association of America, a trade group.”

What’s the good news? Well, for one thing, I found out about it because the Journal’s offering a free, 10-day online subscription to the WSJ Online and a year for $79 bucks – an offer so enticing I finally accepted.

What’s the big deal with that? Apparently, I’m not alone:

“Despite the declines in paid copies, the NAA also reported Monday that newspaper-run Web sites had an 8% increase in viewers in the first quarter.”

In other words, just because you get your news from a blog, doesn’t mean newspapers are necessarily screwed. Indeedy, the cost of forest-slaying dailies might soon be a thing of the past. Especially if the neighbor’s chihuahua keeps peeing on my New York Times with such military precision.