Look… I think people should stop questioning if print journalism is going to die. That’s just a ridiculous notion. Seriously. Newspapers and magazines are going to be around for a long time to come.
Sure, the sales of newspapers around the world is dropping. And if you’ve watched the feature documentary ‘Page One: Inside the New York Times‘, you’ll also know that retrenchment has been a favourite activity by print news publishers in the past few years.
But all of this is just a period of transitioning as they try to find out how they can fit in to the bigger picture of the current fast developing media/journalism world. It doesn’t mean they’re dying!
When radio came about way back in the early 1900s, did the newspaper die? No!
When TV came about in the 1940s, did the newspaper die? No! And did radio die? No!
Now that the Internet is here (and it’s been here for a couple of decades now!), newspapers, TV and radio are nowhere near death! They’re all just figuring out what their new strategy is now that the ‘New’ media is here (yeah… ‘new’! haha!). The different media platforms just serves a different purpose.
Newspapers serve an audience that likes to spend time digesting in depth news. Radio and TV serve an audience that want fast and quick news and headlines. And the Internet serves an audience that are more varied, but in general, they’re the ones who want to discover new information and look at the context of different issues and situations (hence, the advantage of it’s interactivity).
So don’t get all your panties in a jumble! Newspapers, radio, TV… they’re all going to be around for a very long time. I hope I’ve put all of your minds to ease now. Thank you!
And by the way, if you really want to see some facts and figures, check it out… newspaper circulation around the world is actually increasing!