Business Insider checked the traffic stats of 11 newspapers that closed their printing presses, fired most their staff, and went to online only publications. Using compete.com data, it found that most of the online traffic to these sites has remained flat or declined.
Perhaps this isn’t entirely unexpected. When you fire a many of your writers you’ll have less content, the idea being that you’ll have a much leaner ship that you need to sustain. The question is whether the sites can generate enough revenue to justify the firing of the writers.