10 News Papers That Might Disappear.

By Ben Cohen

Time Magazine lists the top ten most endangered papers in America. Is the future completely online? Hard to tell. Here are the two most likely to go down:

1. The Philadelphia Daily News.

The smaller of the two papers owned by Philadelphia Newspapers LLC,

which recently filed for bankruptcy. The company says it will make

money this year, but with newspaper advertising still falling sharply,

the city cannot support two papers, and the Daily News has a

daily circulation of only about 100,000. The tabloid has a small staff,

most of whom could probably stay on at Philly.com, the Web operation

for both of the city dailies.

2. The Minneapolis Star Tribune

has filed for Chapter 11. The paper may not make money this year, even

without the costs of debt coverage. The company said it made $26

million last year, about half of what it made in 2007. The odds are

that the Star Tribune will lose money this year if its ad

revenue drops another 20%. There is no point for creditors to keep the

paper open if it cannot generate cash. It could become an all-digital

property, as supporting a daily circulation of more than 300,000 is too

much of a burden. It could survive if its rival, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, folds. A grim race.

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.