Death of the Newspaper

Jun 25, 2008

It's no surprise that the internet, along with 24-hour news channels, are killing off newspapers as a whole. But it seems as if the end of newsprint is nearer than expected. Earlier this month McClatchy Company, the group responsible for publishing our local Raleigh News & Observer, slashed over 10% of its workforce. This cut leads to the inevitable: less news in the newspaper.

When I read the newspaper, I mainly look at the local news section, the business section, and the comics (the most important part). The News & Observer will be merging the business section with the local news section, cutting coverage in both sections in the process. Happily, the comics section is (for now) being left alone. But these changes are leaving less for me to look forward to. I can only see this change as a snowball effect. Provide readers with less content and they'll leave. Have readers leave, and then cut back even more as a result, causing yet more readers to leave.



7:16 PM on Jun 25, 2008
From what I've read, Craig's List and eBay are probably bigger blows to the newspaper industry than 24-hour news networks. Newspapers actually make more money selling classified ads than on subscriptions.


2:42 PM on Jun 26, 2008
Yeah, this isn't going to be good. Most of the online news aggregators pull all of their stuff from print websites. The people that work at these newspapers are the real reporters, the ones going out and finding the good stories. If you lay these people off, who is going to do the dirty work. Also, the news sites will have nothing left to aggregate.

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