Are We Witnessing the Death of Print Journalism?

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There’s a lot of discussion going on the websphere about the death of newspapers and print journalism lately. Although many are starting to believe that the dawn of newspapers and print journalism is starting to unfold, some won’t accept it. Don Dodge believes  its just being  disrupted by the internet, as all the other information products that are  being disrupted by web companies.

True, maybe. But then, when you read stuff like, Time Magazine cancels Life inset  or Infoworld folding its print magazine to focus on web delivery of information news, you can’t help but think that maybe, the print journalism is starting to succumb to the threats of digitization. On the environmental point of view, this is of course a welcome development as it would mean lesser paper, lesser cutting down of trees, and lesser paper wastes. But then, if digital print journalism continues to surge and other print news publication follow its path, there might come a time when those with no access to the web are left with no reliable source of news (yes, not everybody in this world are connected online).

But then of course, we might just be over reacting to these recent news. Infoworld is an elite print publication that caters to an elite crowd of technology savvy readers. And Time’s Life inset?, well I’m not really a big fan of this inset.

Now, it’s a different story when a top daily newspaper is rumored to be in trouble  without even an option for digital web version.  Now, that is called demise of “print journalism.”

Arnold Zafra
Arnold Zafra writes daily on the announcements by Google,, Yahoo & MSN along with how these announcements effect web publishers. He is currently building... Read Full Bio
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  • Fred

    While I think print media will have to converge/rethink their pricing and business model in the coming years, I really hope we don’t see newspapers and print lose financially viability. There’s really a great niche that newspapers fill that the web will never enter (inexpensive, portable, a simple hierarchy of stories) and I fear for the state of journalism if bloggers get too strong a role as the champions of news. Regardless of the media’s biases, you still can’t ignore the training and discipline it takes to be a professional journalist… hopefully we’ll see more of them, not fewer!

  • knupNET

    Print advertising is a big market. I don’t see this being in jeopardy for at least another decade. At that point – who really knows. Thanks for the article.

  • Joe

    The financial pressures on magazines and newspapers have caused them to cut editorial positions, lay off copy editors and proofreaders, and close inhouse libraries and fact-checking departments. Combine these cuts in support with the much diminished knowledge and skills of today’s college graduates, including j-school graduates, and you have much less reliable, much more error-laden reporting. There is also much less money for in-depth reporting and follow up, and not the attention spans out there anymore to appreciate such things.