November 24, 2004
"Newspapers Should Really Worry"
Experts are forseeing hard times for print news publishers due to the growth of online publishing (er…Blogs):
Young people just aren’t interested in reading newspapers and print magazines. In fact, according to Washington City Paper, The Washington Post organized a series of six focus groups in September to determine why the paper was having so much trouble attracting younger readers. You see, daily circulation, which had been holding firm at 770,000 subscribers for the last few years, fell more than 6 percent to about 720,100 by June 2004, with the paper losing 4,000 paying subscribers every month.Read the rest of the article here.
Personally, I prefer reading real print newspapers to staring at a computer monitor — but I am in the upper part of the 18- to 34-year old demographic that is being studied afterall… I mean, I even print off paper-copies of Blogs to read once in a while.
I don’t know what this means for newspapers in the near future. A large part of humanity is still populated by 35- to ?-year olds who, presumably still enjoy getting their fingers black with newspaper ink. I can definitely see a shift to an all-digital media at some point, though. Hopefully, this will mean inventing new kinds of jobs rather than cancelling old ones.
(Via Wired News.)
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