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What Will Happen To Newspapers
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What Will Happen to Newspapers

Am I the only person worried about the future of newspapers? Many newspapers have folded recently due to lack of advertising and readership. I don't have to look farther than my own family to see this trend. None of my three children subscribe to a newspaper. The get their news from television. The goes for their friends who either use the TV or mobile phones or other electronic devices to get the news.

The first place to look for the health of the print industry is their funding. Papers get most of their money from advertisers. Since 2003 the amount of dollars received from advertising has been cut in half. On the other hand, the money spent on on-line ads has tripled. So funding for newspapers is rapidly drying up.

A few years ago, I supplemented my retirement income by selling newspaper subscriptions to shoppers in stores. The most common objection I heard was "I get my news on TV". This is sad because television news can only spend a minute or so on each story. TV would rather spend at least 10% of a news show on giving us the weather. The worst part about this is that for all their scientific explanations of what is going to happen and why, they are frequently wrong.

I just love to start the day reading the local paper. My morning is not complete without coffee and the newspaper. I read it from front to back. I love the feel of it in my hands (the same goes for books versus electronic devices).

Stories are covered in depth. I don't have a talking head telling me what a TV station thinks is important. The newspaper gives me the whole story. I can decide what is important and what is not. Guess what else the newspaper has? No interference from commercials. The ads are there for me to read or not read. And, since this is election season, I don't have a lying politician giving me misinformation every ten minutes.

In addition to reporters, newspapers have columnists. These writers give us food for thought, covering ideas and events in a unique way.

What it all boils down to is talking and listening versus writing and reading. It takes more talent to write than it does to talk. And more thought has to go into the written word.

It is sad for me to see the handwriting on the wall. Newspapers will eventually disappear and become victims of technology. I hope I am wrong about this, but the trend is ending newsprint. I just hope it doesn't happen in my lifetime.


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Dylan1  

Great article Jack. I too would really hate to see the papers go. I'd miss the unique columns and the funnies!

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  about 6 years ago

I agree. It is only a matter of time, and I hate to see them go.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for your comment

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  about 7 years ago

It is very sad we are such an Instamatic generation

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  about 7 years ago

The Instamatic generation got rid of the Polaroid Instamatic.

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  about 7 years ago
David 2  

Sad...but insidiously true.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the comment. Apparently, I'm not the only one to worry about the demise of the printed word.

Reply
  about 7 years ago
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