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Newsprint [Mar. 18th, 2009|11:11 pm]
Nicodemus
Yesterday, the Seattle PI printed its last daily edition. It exists now only as a news site on the web, employing only a fraction of its old reporting staff.

A while back, I'd said that I expected newspapers to vanish in the near future. I pegged it at five years, though that was a while ago and it's now about 4.5 remaining. To clarify, I'm thinking about daily printed newspapers, not coupon circulars and free ad gazettes.

It's an interesting battle between the archaic(?) machinery of distributing printed news versus the romanticism surrounding the product. The web is instant, two-way, and low-cost or free. Newspapers, though, represent entrenched journalism and standards that are not widespread on the web (yet). Will our need for established channels let them hang on in the face of superior technology? Will they adapt and evolve, as the Seattle P-I is doing, bringing their journalism ethic to the web and challenging other sites on their own terms?

I'm not anxious to see a demise of newspapers by any means but it's what I see in the cards. Perhaps I'm too cynical and quick to dismiss them... What do you think?

Poll #1367984 Print Newspapers

Most daily print newspapers will be gone...

even sooner!
2(6.5%)
within the next 4-5 years, yeah.
6(19.4%)
within the next 5-8 years.
8(25.8%)
within the next 8-15 years.
5(16.1%)
much later than you'd expect!
10(32.3%)
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[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2009-03-19 03:17 pm (UTC)
Agreed. A web newspaper can have the exact same standards of journalism as the printed newspaper. In fact, I insist upon it. If I want to read blogs, I come here. If I want news, I go to my local newspaper website. If a blogger lies through his teeth, hey, it's his blog and he can say what he likes. Let the newspaper do the same thing though, and see what happens.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-03-20 04:01 pm (UTC)
This is the direction that I think things will go; journalism will migrate to a new forum, hopefully without losing the professionalism and standards.
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