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Home > Blog > Are Newspapers Obsolete? (Part 2)
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Friday, November 18, 2005 10:51 AM
Are Newspapers Obsolete? (Part 2)
Kevin Salwen on In the News

paperboy.jpgEarlier this week, Anita asked a good question: Are Newspapers Obsolete? It triggered several very interesting comments on readership and demand. Now, comes the news from trade mag Editor & Publisher that more than 1,900 jobs have been cut in the past year. Here's a list of some of the recent announcements.

Certainly, the U.S. newspaper industry -- which has seen subscriber numbers drop to about 45 million this year from about 63 million in 1984 -- is trying to figure out its future. Any thoughts on what that holds? Buggy whips, anyone?




3 comments

Gary - 11/22/2005 6:59:53 AM
I love newspapers, I just don't always get enough time to read them. Online is alright as far as it goes, but I like to sit in a coffee shop with a paper and read. Coffee and a PC are just not the same.

I don't always want my news tailored to what I'm interested in in either. Papers cover a broad spectrum and you often end up reading things you wouldn't normally have looked for. The more we take our news online and adjust the filters to our interests, the more and more insular we become in our outlook. You may read a liberal or a conservative paper, but at least the stories are varied.

I'm often more interested in opinion than fact. Most stories can be summed up in a few lines when they're purely the facts. And when they're pure facts, they often become cold and uninvolved. Maybe that's the job of the news, but any human elements just disappear into the ether.

Unfortunately, I think they may die out and we'll all just read opinions we like, about stories we like, from sources we like and it'll all be online.
HELLO, my name is Scott - 11/21/2005 11:06:09 AM
From a writer's perspective, it's changing a lot. Especially because so many readers get their news online.

For example, I've had lots of articles published around the world and driven a lot of traffic to the site that way, and done a lot of business as a result. But only because those article were published ONLINE. In which case, I've never written a query letter in my life. Probably never will.

So it's changing not just for the readers, but for the writers as well.
John - 11/19/2005 6:49:37 AM
Newspapers are not only dead. They committed suicide. If you abandon fact based reporting for fusion and analysis; If you continue to define diversity as providing opinions that range from liberal to really liberal; If you report your feelings 12 hours after I have read the facts on line or heard about it on cable news;
You probably do not have a product worth buying.
the bigger question is - How far can they fall? How many of us get the paper just out of traditon?

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