Dinosaur or dynamo?

newspaperBy Stephen Rhodes

Much is being written about the decline of newspapers in recent weeks.

Time wrote a story recently that predicted the 10 major newspapers most likely to fold or shut their print operations and only publish online. See  http://tinyurl.com/cduxxr

Declining advertising revenues are forcing newspapers to make dramatic cuts. Couple that with declining readership and competition online and elsewhere and it’s tempting to predict the end of an industry. Of course, they said that about radio when television emerged on the scene in the 1950s.

The Internet has eclipsed broadcast as the best vehicle to offer fast news and information but print is still the best place to go to get in-depth analysis and well-researched investigative stories.

Not all newspapers will survive this recession, but the demise of this industry is a long way off.

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