Newspaper Deathwatch

We witness the decline of print media everyday of our lives. From the closing of newspapers Baltimore Examiner, Tucson Citizen, Kentucky Post, to the cutting of employees and the insurgence of online journalism. newspaper_revenues

And according to the Guardian, this decline is inevitable and will soon increase dramatically.

So there it is, undeniably in front of us, the world of print journalism is eternally decreasing, and the Guardian says that it’s because of digital media.

In this episode of The Daily Show Jason Jones tours the New York Times headquarters and remarks on how online journalism outstrips the traditional form simply because it is more up-to-date.

“Give me one thing in there that happened today.”

This one day, or even more, delay between the news and the reader has become obsolete in our society of constant updates and refreshes, and with it print media.

So what does this mean for journalism?

Well while some claim that this is the end of quality journalism, others see it as the rise of a new, more interactive creation of news that will be hand tailored for their readership. A new journalism that, as the Guardian sees it, will not remove jobs, but create them, as with their instigation of new editorial teams specifically designed to access, assess and interpret the data of their readers to then specifically target their content, rather than just ‘write and see’.

But this will change how we tell our stories in journalism.

As we become more interactive and fast-paced we alter from the traditional ‘this is what happened last week- enjoy’. We may begin to see more of ‘what do you want to read?- Let us know’. We may see more clear, concise headlines from the old pun-titles to better suit a Google search. And we may see more on-the-fly journalism sourced by social media as our demand for instant news grows and our attention spans shorten.

Who really knows how the death of print media will affect journalism? All that we know for sure is that our old traditions are fading in a favour of the looming and unknown digital wave.


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