…not only in terms of USA Today, but also for what they have done to the other papers that they’ve purchased, like The Greenville News for instance.
Why am I pitting Gannett with regard to this paper, you might ask? Well, I used to like the News back when I was a boy: then, it had a good bit of meat on the bones, so to speak (IOW, the sections were bigger and there was a lot more content); it only cost 25 cents on weekdays, and $1.00 on Sundays. Nowadays, I’m not really feeling it; the paper (now a Gannett product) is wafer-thin (18-30 pages on weekdays, and about 100-120 on Sundays; a lot of other papers have the Sunday page count on quite a few weekdays, and more than that on Sundays). It also costs 75 cents now on weekdays, and $1.75 on Sundays, all for a paper that has very little to offer nowadays. To add insult to injury, being a Gannett product, it has one of the poorest layout schemes you could ever imagine in a newspaper; most big-city papers are much better than the News with regard to that. Also, the sports section is mostly recycled AP stories; no real writing to speak of.