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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: nicodemusrat
2009-03-20 04:06 pm (UTC)
they have to differntiate themselves from news agragators by providing original reporting content that is more geographically focused and more indepeth, quality reporting

I think you've hit the nail on the head here. (And, according to their statements, this is similar to what Seattle PI is trying to do with their transition -- we'll see how the experiment goes.)

The same quality reporting can be carried through a different medium but there's still a need for those stories and investigative journalism.
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