Monday, February 28, 2005

More fretting over the 'death of the newspaper'

Keyword: . Editor & Publisher reports on The Washington Post pondering the demise of print (demographics and lifestyle changes are said to be the real problem) at the same time as Journalism.co.uk gives an overview of the same concerns, including the strange assertion in Press Gazette that internet TV news could spell the death not only of print, but of radio and TV news.

This sounds far too much like the doom-mongering for print that came with the introduction of both radio and TV news, and is still asserted with reference to the internet. The main danger to the future of print seems to be the extremely low investment in it as a business, but this is part of a wider commercialisation of news that the new trend in 'citizen journalism' seems to be addressing.

We're living in a time of flux. Quite fascinating, really.

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