For Immediate Release
April 23, 2009
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BROCKPORT, NY – Ali Zoibi, president and publisher of the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper, completed an impressive spring 2009 line-up to the College at Brockport, State University of New York’s Business Briefings Speakers Series. Zoibi discussed the challenging times and changing face of the newspaper industry.
Approximately 70 local business and community leaders attended the event, which was held in the Grand Atrium of The College at Brockport MetroCenter, 55 St. Paul St.
In an era of shrinking newspapers and the continued move to online, Zoibi discussed the difficult decisions that have been made to keep expenses under control. He also mentioned that based on reader feedback, some of these decisions have been reversed.
Zoibi then highlighted some of the statistics for the paper’s online operation. These include: • An average of 12 million page views monthly • 800,000 unique visitors • Average time spent on site per visitor is 34 minutes
Zoibi then asked where our society would be without newspapers? Who, he wondered, would protect the First Amendment? He stated that if newspapers go away, it would affect democracy and our way of life. He asked, "In a society of checks and balances, what happens when you take away an institution actively involved in the act of checking?"
The College at Brockport Business Briefings Series, hosted by College President John R. Halstead, was established to build a network among leaders from Western New York, Greater Rochester and The College at Brockport to discuss issues, challenges and opportunities facing the region.
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