So the price for newpaper companies continues to head downwards because newspapers themselves continue to enjoy a steady and gradual decline in readers and revenues as demographics and technology suck both away. At one end the old readership is simply dying; at the other it isn't being replaced as people spend the time they once spent reading the news in other ways, primarily online.
Wrong. Sure, for at least the last decade (and Philip Meyer would argue four or five decades) that challenge has been the basic reality of doing business for most print newspapers in the first world. But that steady decline is the best case scenario for print, it's what happens if everything goes well or even perfectly. The idea that newspaper companies are somehow cheap at today's prices rests on a very optimistic assumption that the future will be just like the past. Here's three potential discontinuities that instead of contributing to the steady decline scenario could wipe out one, or more, or all, newspaper businesses overnight (at least, as commercially viable going concerns - not all newspapers are run on that model of course).