The limited future of print journalism

A few weeks ago, I was at a dinner party where the discussion turned to the future of newspapers and magazines. Two different people, a writer around my age and a young recent college graduate, were telling me about the joy of holding a newspaper and how that is something they’ll never give up.

I’m wasn’t so optimistic. I actually prefer reading the news on a computer screen, preferably on a handheld device. Then this video reinforced my sense of doom for print:

This baby will grow up in a world where you can read any newspaper or magazine from anywhere on the planet at any time you want. Maybe media companies will figure out a way to monetize their content, but from an environmental standpoint, I suspect there are going to be a lot fewer dead trees.

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One thought on “The limited future of print journalism

  1. I’m sure in time, the child will learn the art of turning a page. It’s really not that hard. My kids were doing it by age 12 or so.
    You say you like reading news online. Well, enjoy it while you can because there’ll be no decent journalists left soon to produce content worth reading. I’ve been a print journalist for 3o years. Freelance now and I earn less than I did in 1988. I’m seriously looking for alternative employment now. The internet, a rotten culture at the News of the World and possibly beyond, the consequential criminal and judicial enquiries and, to a lesser extent, the current economic climate, have destroyed print journalism. I have nothing positive to say about ay potential online version, I’m afraid.
    Yours in increasing bitterness,
    NN

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