Monday, January 5, 2009

The Web Is Winning the News War

Peter Hinchiliffe writes at OhmyNews International:

As someone who spent almost 50 years as a journalist working for newspapers in the UK, US and Kenya, I find the current rate of decline of print journalism so shocking as to be almost unbelievable.

In the early 1950s, when I was learning the reporting trade, everyone who could read scanned the columns of local and national newspapers.

In the mid-1960s, when I working for the Yorkshire Evening Post in Leeds, the paper's audited sale was 274,000 copies a day. Now it sells less than 60,000 copies a day.

A publication I worked for in a large Yorkshire industrial town began 2009 by becoming a morning rather than an evening newspaper.

Nineteen van drivers lost their jobs, along with a number of journalists. The paper is now printed on the Daily Mirror press in Lancashire, rather than in the town in which it was born in 1851.

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