Thursday, January 29, 2009

For daily print newspapers, the end is here

Maria Barron writes:

Daily print newspapers have reached the end of their life cycle, and there’s no turning back. Twelve years from now they’ll probably have gained the status of a “remember when.” We’ll say, “Remember when the news organizations used to deliver dozens of pages of rolled-up newsprint in a plastic bag on your doorstep everyday?”

Wearing both of my hats, as a newspaper journalist and an astrology examiner, I believe the vast majority of American daily newspapers will transition fully to web-only editions or to different types of niche print products within the next several years, long before we reach the last-gasp date of 2021, which is 12 years away. The Christian Science Monitor, Detroit Media Partnership and Las Vegas Sun are already moving in that direction.

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