Where Are Newspapers Headed?
Kevin Salwen on Culture
The Wall Street Journal announced earlier this week that it was shrinking its page size to save money on paper and postage. That, coupled with slipping or flat circulation across the newspaper world, triggered Washington Post media writer Frank Ahrens to take a look at the future of print newspapers. Interesting thoughts in here.
One thing that strikes me is that I still love two things about paper newspapers:
1) The portability. I want to read it in the park while my dogs run, no problem. That may change when I can download the entire paper, but that's likely a way off.
2) The seredipity factor. When I turn the page of a newspaper, I never know what I'm going to get. And often I find myself reading something I had never expected, learning in ways I hadn't anticipated. I don't think that's ingrained yet with online papers, where you have to click on specific items to see what's there.
What's your take? Where are print newspapers headed?