The State and Status of Newspapers Today…

As promised here is the link to The State of the Media report regarding the status of the newspapers today. Please read the summary report first and then the rest of the chapter. Be ready to comment and answer questions regarding the entire chapter on newspapers in The State of the Media Report for your test 4.

Class note: Remember test 3 is on Wed. Feb. 16 at 8 am. You are responsible for all the lectures until last Friday, the blog until the previous post and the newspaper chapter in your Media Shift book. In addition to the aforementioned questions about major current events will be included on the test.


About Samir "Mr. Magazine™" Husni, Ph.D.

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine™, is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism at the School of Journalism and New Media. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 28th year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt, Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, and co-author of Design Your Own Magazine. He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader's Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute. He is "the country's leading magazine expert," according to Forbes ASAP magazine, "the nation's leading authority on new magazines," according to min:media industry newsletter; and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "the planet's leading expert on new magazines." Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers nationwide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions. Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others. He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and Georgia Magazine Association Awards. Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
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48 Responses to The State and Status of Newspapers Today…

  1. Erica Boney says:

    The State of the Media report reinforced everything we discussed in class today. Newspapers are steadily declining and some are dying altogether. In order to revive newspapers, journalists must decide who their target customer is and tailor their newspaper to suit that group of people. Newspapers need to offer something that technology cannot.

  2. Ann-Hayden Rogers says:

    Well, the article is pretty much everything we talked about on Monday. Newspapers are on a steady decline. I don’t think they will ever die completely out though. I would much rather have something in my hand to read than on a computer. The big newspapers are going to keep the numbers up, probably a lot having to do with them going online, but the small ones are slowing dying down. The newpapers aren’t only suffering in a money situation, but they are having to fire a lot of staff. It said that the newsroom had dwindled 25% in the last three years. That is alot when you think what and who all it takes to put a paper together. I agree with a comment above that says newpapers should offer something more that technology cannot.

  3. Steff Thomas says:

    I agree with the summary report when it says that newspapers aren’t necessarily dying, but they are becoming less and less substantial. When the newspaper becomes so insignificant that it lacks weight, and can’t even be thrown to reach the front porch, that is a big deal. Smaller newspapers and second-string newspapers maybe be dying out, but the larger ones are just taking a blow with the decline in circulation. This blow is causing staff to be laid off, and even advertisers to change their mind about paying the newspapers to put their ads in. I mean, who wants to play a hefty price for an ad that no one will see? I think newspapers need to be re-invented in order to pull the reader in. There are too many newspapers today that are the kind where you just pick it up, scan it, and throw it away.

  4. Abe Dean says:

    Advertising and Newspapers have financial trends and patterns like any business but unfortunately the forecast for this type of media is gloomy. Lingering in the balance between existence and utter replacement by today’s newly introduced technology newspapers are needing creativity more than ever, which is something our society in general doesn’t promote. Im simply referring to the fact that everyone seems to live by these pre emptive guidelines so they will make money when what we need are free-thinkers and creative Einsteins to pull our newspapers out of the hole. Why bring this up? I think it has direct relevance because the people that might make those revolutionary breakthroughs are probably pursuing some other field because everything this country subconsciously believes(referring to the insatiable thirst for money and extreme fear of poverty) when they should be doing what they enjoy. What I’ve summed up from personally observing people is that almost no one does what their heart desires(career-wise), which is a double-edged blade surrounded by a sense of irony. Where the ends tie together in this long overly pronounced point is that people do things the best when they appreciate and enjoy their tasks or job.A controversial topic I hear discussed a lot that can actually serve as a perfect analogy is the argument against abortion..”How do we know that the doctor to finds the cure for cancer is not born because someone aborts their child in fear of facing financial struggle (reverting to how everyone is scared of poverty which I previously mentioned)”. So when I say the problem roots to the origin of our culture I mean it.Im finished ranting but it’s hard for someone like myself to grasp the idea that in a world of 6 to 7 billion people no one can think of a way to revolutionize something that we have been using for over at least a hundred years. It does sound like my words might be slightly entangled in hypocrisy and someone might be thinking “Then you find a way if you know what’s up” but in truth I enjoy I think Ill pursue something orientated there. Hopefully this “Savior of Newspapers” will arise because I personally enjoy them and would hate to see their creators suffer due to surface-breaking technology. I agree with some of the ideas I see posted above and think it’s time for an altering change in the way we perceive the image of the “newspaper” and we can surpass the online newspaper and replace it with something truly fascinating to the human eye.

  5. Rebekah Hancock says:

    The article covered some things we also covered in class. I think its sad that newspapers are on the decline. It seems as though news agencies should almost re-invent the wheel here and start some kind of news venue. Newspapers may be dying but this leaves a door wide open to invent something new and adaptive to today’s culture. It really is sad, though, to see what I would call a classic passtime dissapear right out of our hands.

  6. Brady Ondra says:

    I think this article reinforces the argument that newspapers are becoming more and more obsolete with every coming year. The main reason why this is happening is because the steady increase of people going to digital media for their news instead of print. I think that unless their is a big change in newspapers they will eventually become so insignificant that they may eventually die out all together. I think the only real answer is for them to focus most of their attention to doing a complete switch over to digital media and giving up on print.

  7. Cameron Cook says:

    Believe it or not many people are not reading newspapers as much as they used to. I feel the one big reason for this is due to the new technology that has been invented. I think that many people now would rather watch a video rather than actually pick up a newspaper that just has pictures and words on it. If technology continues to sprout at a rate like it is, then I think that newspapers are going to be long forgotten.

  8. Valone Gordon says:

    Since the inventoion of new technologies, newspapers are not being read like they used to be. In order for the newspapers to become a success again journalists must realize that they are expressing to a very different generation. A generation that was born into a growing technology world. They must find something that appeals to us as young adults.

  9. Adriana Mercier says:

    This article pretty much states everything that we have been learning about newspapers. It is true, newspapers are slowly but surely dying. If jounalists don’t want this to happen, then they need to step it up and do something. These current newspapers are being read by an entire new generation of people with different interests in technology then the previous generations. Readers need something to catch their eyes, they need something completely different. I personally think that newspapers coming to a complete stop would be depressing. For many decades, americans have read newspapers and it has been a new source. I really hope that the death of newspapers isn’t near.

  10. Samira Abunemeh says:

    It is sad to see this happening to newspapers, and I hope to see them flourish soon because they are a needed part of society. This might not happen, though. With the decline in content and quality, most newspapers seem to not placing the audience first. They obviously do not tell readers “What’s in it for me,” though small newspapers are doing this by reporting about the economy and health issues. Ads seem to be the focus for the majority of newspapers instead.

  11. Sydnee Stafford says:

    I believe that no matter what newspapers do, they will slowly but surely become a thing of the past. People these days are too hooked on their computer screens to actually pick up a printed paper and read it. The article just serves as a reinforcement of this claim. Newspapers are basically yesterdays news, whereas, online articles are updates as soon as an events happens or there is breaking news. I believe that it was a good idea for the three major newspapers to launch a website as well as having a hold-in-your-hand version. It keeps the customers sticking around. Other newspapers need to follow along or they will go under.

  12. Kyle Ishman says:

    The article address about the same thing that we discussed in class, and that was the dying art of the newspaper. It discusses that journalist need to do something about this if they truely want this to change. The article is one that stresses the issues with journalist not adheading to there readers and that if they want the neswpaper sells to change they need to change themselves.

  13. Christina Huck says:

    This article restates what we have been discussing in class. The decline of news papers could be less if they just could come up with new creative ways to present the news that the internet can’t, but unfortunately that is a very difficult thing to do. They will become a thing of the past, and people will be so dependent on the internet for their news. That being said, it puts the people who don’t redily have excess to the internet in a tough position, because it makes it that much harder to keep up with the news. They no longer will be able to pay 25 cents for a paper, or find one laying around to read. That is why I don’t believe that the news paper will die altogether. But in order for it to stay somewhat alive the industry has got to step up its game and not quite and figure out what they are going to do to stay alive.

  14. Houston Buckley says:

    Technology is the biggest enemy for newspapers. The article talks about craigslist, which has taken over the classifieds, and with things like the ipad delivering news to those who own one there would be no need for them to subscribe to a paper delivery. Newspapers and magazines alike are a dying industry, it is only a matter of time before they all cave in on themselves and we are forced to succumb to the iron fist of technology.

  15. Shelby Reding says:

    I agree with the article completely. I remember at home when I was in elementary we would get a newspaper everyday and I would read the comic strips at breakfast. Now we get one once week and I couldn’t even tell you what day we get it on. Along with the other causing factors such as internet, and television I also believe that the lack of consistency of papers being provided, has also caused the lack of consistency of readers. I hope that newspapers don’t die out but I wouldn’t be in shock if within the next decade everything goes online.

  16. Briana Dubaz says:

    There is something appealing to me about the idea of picking up a paper on Sunday morning and reading it on my front porch while drinking tea. Although this tradition is a warming thought, i feel that the end of print journalism is coming rapidly. There is no hiding the fact that they have become much smaller and insignificant in our society. Even the classifieds are being taken over by websites such as Craigslist and Ebay. This article is very closely related to the topic of Monday’s lecture, and reading it definately helped me prepare for Wednesday’s test.

  17. Hattie Wheeler says:

    I think that newspapers are still valued but I agree that they are definitely declining. I don’t think they will ever be completely discontinued but I understand why people who work for the newspaper are losing their job. Same thing goes with the books, everything is going digital now. Looking up the news on the internet is much easier than flipping through a newspaper. Indeed, there will always be people who would prefer an actual newspaper but I think they will just keep declining because of the convenience of the web.

  18. Molly Rhoades says:

    It always comes down to the reader and how technology has changed the reader. The State of the Media reiterates again how technology has changed us. What used to be that people could read the paper to find out what is going on is now that you can type it in your search box online, or into your iphone or ipad. With the huge decline is people reading the newspaper we are losing “news” and the idea of news. However, as much as I love opening up the Newspaper in the morning I know that as the technology of the day continues to find better, faster ways to get the news to you that with this newspapers will continue to slowly die out. The editors, writers, and viewers need to get together and find a way to figure out what they can do in order to truly get the Newspaper; a past time of News as a whole. Every part of the Newspaper is being taken over by some internet source so in order to keep the Newspaper alive we must work together to reach a happy medium.

  19. Jolie Robinson says:

    Like everyone else said, this article basically just reinforces what you talked about in class the other day. It was helpful to see the charts and graphs though. I don’t think the newspaper will die forever. I know a lot of people who would rather read an actual newspaper. Newspapers just need to figure out how they can better their paper and what news readers want out of the stories that are displayed. You made a good point in class about how the front page story is usually something that happened the day before, like the superbowl. Nobody wants to read about something that they already know, so newspapers should try to find an interesting spin or new information about the superbowl that would be more interesting than just hearing about the results.

  20. Natasha Wilbourn says:

    What I’m not understanding is that the newspaper and magazine industry realizes the problem. So why aren’t they working towards correcting it? Their business is dying, losing money, and perhaps losing all resources to reinvent itself. I think that newspapers magazines should step away from their ancient ways of “selling” news to the new age. They should find a medium to address all of their audiences without jeopardizing their purpose and position.

  21. Rachael Clark says:

    Newspapers are certainly a thing of the past, in my opinion. Before there were radios, televisions, and the internet, newspapers were very beneficial. People were not aware that the stock market dropped three points on Monday until Tuesday’s newspaper arrived on their doorstep. Now, with all the modern technology, we know that the stock market dropped at the very moment that it dropped. We know everything that is happening as it is happening. Newspapers are just reporting a different version of yesterday’s news. I think that maybe it would be better if newspapers stepped up to the plate and tried to give their readers a view of the future, like we discussed in class. Maybe they could even stick to mainly opinion columns pertaining to the current events in the world. I do not think that newspapers will ever die out completely, unless they continue to report yesterday’s news.

  22. Kate A Green says:

    Sadly this article is very true. News papers are coming slowly to an end. The internet and television are killing the news papers. People can find things rapidly faster than waiting for a newspaper that has simply been outdated by a few hours. We can find out what happens when it happens. The only ones that could really survive would be specific ones such as for schools and small towns, because that isn’t be broadcasted constantly nationally and its not all caught on the internet. Its sad to say because some people do still prefer to be holding a real newspaper in their hands and flipping the pages and the smell. The whole experience will be gone, but we are moving faster than outdated newspapers even if it was by a few hours.

  23. Marcus Bell says:

    This article makes many good points on how the newspaper industry is struggling. The old ritual of breakfast, coffee, and newspaper has seemed to have lost its luster in recent years. Maybe it’s because when I pick up a news paper I either have heard the news prior or have no interest in the many filler articles highlighted on the front page. This reflects why sales have struggled so much in the past. It is simply more entertaining to skim the CNN website, that often provides video, articles, and blog responses, then to pick up the local funny papers and read what ever monotoned writer has to say about what ever story they were assigned. Of course the major companies have only suffered minor hits, while the little guy has been shoved out of the race all together. Just another effect of the socially active revolution of the world wide web.

  24. William Hayden Schaub says:

    I feel like a lot of the decline in news paper jobs and papers going out of business is mainly due to the recession our country is going thru. Also most papers are shrinking in size. A good bit of the material is being taken out. I feel like this is happening because of the internet and sites like facebook where we can get peak in on ppl’s lives and it’s free.

  25. Marrissa Senneff says:

    In all the old movies we see boys on their bikes throwing papers through windows because their heavy weight gains momentum. Now, if newspapers are handed out at all, it’s at the end of the driveway. Paper news is becoming less important because gaining access to it has become easier through television and internet. If newspaper companies could come up with more creative things to put in the paper, I believe more people would buy them. It would be a nice change if the newspapers discuss future happenings and not only things that happened yesterday. As a kid I always read the comics once my dad was done with the paper. When I got to high school the only time my parents got a paper was if my brother or I had an article in there. The thing is, we cannot rely on the internet. What if it goes down; and with the viruses, what if a whole web page and its history get deleted. There has to be printed documentation.

  26. Catherine Rodgers says:

    The newspaper industry is in need of some innovation. The news is becoming digital and the industry is going to have to find a way to compete with this. A big issue with in the news paper community is that young people do not read the newspaper anymore. When we have instant access to national news articles online, why would we pay extra to have it printed? However, I do understand why people like the community and regional papers. People like to see local news and news specific to them and their regions. I think its really smart that the national papers are now printing regional versions. These papers are taking small steps to increase their readers. The newspaper industry needs to become more creative. Personally, I like to read the paper, but I want the industry to make me have a desire to read the paper everyday. This goes back to Dr. Husni’s article about focusing on the customer. I believe we will see an increase in circulation when newspapers find a way to make themselves a must have item.

  27. Jelan Kendrick says:

    I believe that the news business is about convenience. We live in a society that is based on convenience and quickness. We often go to fast food restaurants not because it is healthier but because it is convenience. The newspaper has to find a way to compete with the lighting fast news of the internet and even apps on certain phones. I think that if the newspapers became more personable and creative that it would sale more. The internet also makes it easier to gain access into current inner news. What I mean by inner news is that if your reading about someone on the internet and you want to find more about this person all you have to do is put their name into Google. Google tells you all you need to know about that person so it makes it seem as if you personally know them. If a storm hits the coast you can Google why it hit the coast and where it might hit next. The age of newspapers is steadily declining due to time and technology and the only thing that can save it is making it more convenience it being more creative and drawing a younger crowd.

  28. Kristen Peters says:

    The State of the Media article agreed with everything Dr. Husni discussed in class. The newspapers are dwindling, jobs are being cut, and newspapers are facing bankruptcy. However, the report did provide hope in that, due to the economic recession beginning to end, newspapers could make a comeback. Although it will have to find new sources of revenue such as, making people pay for the paper or through brand advertising, newspapers could face an increase in circulation in the near future.

  29. Nathaniel Weathersby says:

    This article restated what many other articles already say. Newspapers and other print mediums are dwindling, and the job market looks grim. Everywhere I go I seem to read or hear about the downfalls of print journalism as opposed to the rising approval of online news sources. I feel that the writers of these articles linger too long on the fact that we may lose newspapers instead of outlining ways to improve the future of print journalism. Though in articles like this the writer recognizes that something needs to change to ensure the future of newspapers, I am ready to see more publicized articles and stories on exactly how to execute those changes.

  30. Dj says:

    The State of the Media article reinforces what we talked about earlier in the week. Newspapers are shooting themselves in the foot. A bunch of papers are on a steady decline. When the papers do not have enough weight to get to the front porch, there is a problem. I believe that newspapers would do a lot better if they could just find a way to keep an interest or find a way to keep the consumer coming back for more. I do not think that newspapers are going obsolete because people will always want print. If newspapers are going obsolete, then that means magazines and other forms of print are going obsolete as well. People will always need print. There is something about the tangible that people appreciate more than digital.

  31. Leah Tracy says:

    This Article does a really great job in explaining what we have been learning in class. Looking at where News Papers are today vs. 20 years ago, it is interesting that even with out the internet, news papers were on the decline. Coming from a family that still recieves and reads the news paper on a day to day basis, I didnt realize how significently the actual reading a news paper has stopped. Because of the 24 hour news up dates, anything in a news paper will be old news. Why would people have to read a news paper when they are able to turn on the television at anytime of day to hear what has gone on. Because of this news papers that want to survive are going to have to change with the times. They are going to have to have a web site that can give the news just as fast a news site. It is important that they at least try an keep up with the new applications on the phones as well as websites. Having a well organized and correctling working application could truly turn the business around. Being able to keep up with the times will keep news papers alive in the new world of technolgy selection; only the progressive will servive.

  32. Lauren Lyles says:

    This article really makes you think what is society coming too. I remember the the thick bundle of newspaper at the end of my drive way. I also recall the countless coupons that I couldn’t wait to get a hold of. Now everything has changed, and I dont see that newpaper bundle anymore. Its really the newspapers fault, becuase they aren’t truly competing anymore. The internet has tons of ideas and innovations which are catching societies attention. I believe if newspapers came up with something new and fresh rather its the deliverly method or even its shape and design. It’s all about “showmanship”. If they dont figure out a new strategy soon they will continue to decline, but we must keep the faith. You can not depend on the interenet forever, because technology will fail us.

  33. Anne Schuler says:

    I love the internet and online news more than almost anything but detest even the thought of one day not being able to sit down with a copy of “The New York Times” and a cup of coffee. I’m very interested to see what the papers can come up with to save their print editions, if anything. As far as the internet online news sites, I don’t think that many of us who read certain news sites religiously would not pay a little to read their online content.

  34. Derickson Flinn says:

    “One consequence of all that cutting is a pronounced drop in time-consuming investigative projects and serious day-to-day local accountability reporting.” This line kind of sticks with me. In order to save the paper, the newspaper companies are cutting the very source to draw in new readers and subscribers. On the other side of that, online news providers are dipping into that now more spacious environment and leading the “good stock” away. Newspapers should not just state the obvious. They need to ignite curiosity, and leave the reader on the edge. The reader should be excited when he or she reads through a newspaper. Well that’s what I think anyway.

  35. Paige Dominick says:

    I feel that newspapers are no longer necessary when we have all of this new technology. I feel that in a couple of years newspapers will no longer exist. I just think people are not going to want to keep spending money when they can just buy an i pad and download all the news they want for free or a cheaper amount than a newspaper. I am sad to see how much newspapers have declined but at the same time I understand why they have.

  36. Jade Amerson says:

    It is quite disturbing that our leading newspapers are loosing “throw weight”. Is this the future of our news. How can journalists expect for Americans to continue to want to purchase a paper built on quality if the quality is what is lacking? Indeed, maintaining quality in such a tough market is a challenge, but is this not the role of a journalist? Who ever said that journalism was an easy task? Now more than ever, there has to be a burst of innovation in order to save print media and find a way for print and digital media to coincide.

  37. jordan skinner says:

    This article covers pretty much everything that we have been talking about in class.I believe that newspapers will always be valued but they are definitely declining. I don’t think newspaper will ever be completely done in print form but I understand that some people would rather look on the internet for quick news than flip through a newspaper. Everything is becoming digital with ipads and kindles things in print form start to look less appealing than the shiny new toy. There will always be people who want a paper in their hands to read but its going to take time for the newspaper to gain its strength again.

  38. Paris Crawford says:

    The newspapers today are definitely in trouble. Unfortunately, they do not contain enough information to make it to the front porch anymore. The best news reporters and anchors are losing jobs due to the falling economy; they can no longer afford to pay everyone. They send them to other companies, but their pay remains the same. Many are afraid that if the industry continues to shrink, they will not be able to reinvent it. Advertising losses continually add up. Although the entire newspaper is not lost, the circulation of newspapers continues to decrease. A typical visitor spends only a little more than half an hour per month on all newspaper sites. A MONTH! That’s maybe a minute a day! They are mostly losing the younger audience because they are more interested in online media. We must come together to find alternatives to reinvent the press so we can stay informed by more than just the internet or television.

  39. Deanna Gentry says:

    “The State of the News Media” article contained a lot of valuable and informative information about the history-past and present- of newspapers. It expressed the importance of newspapers. It also detailed basic information that led up to the current popularity of newspapers today. I liked how the article broke down different parts that make the newspaper what it is. Pars like: circulation of newspapes, dates of when that particular newspaper originated, and the popularity of the newspapers.

  40. Mara Joffe says:

    Ironically enough, today a doctor at the health center asked about my major. When I informed him I would rather pursue print journalism than broadcast, he replied, “But print is dead!” Unfortunately, much of the information in the State of the Media chapter has pushed me further toward agreement with this statement, despite the fact that we, as aspiring journalists, are obligated to remain optimistic about our future profession. Many comments were made in the chapter that things should have been more promising in 2010, but did newspapers really make any substantial progress? Are we just going to keep telling ourselves, “Maybe next year things will begin to look up!”? It seems as if print is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and the statistics from this chapter certainly don’t make it look any more promising!

  41. Sydney Devers says:

    New technology has created a decrease in circulation when it comes to newspapers. When given the option to wait for the morning newpaper or downloading an app that can give you immediate updates on what’s going on, people are going to chose what is fastest and most convenient.

  42. David Collier says:

    I agree that newspapers are shooting themselves in the foot. The only way newspapers are going to compete with cable news programs and the internet is to be unique. What I mean by this is to not tell the same information everyone has already seen either on television or the internet or both. Obviously, a high profile story is fine, but look at a newspaper today. Every article in there is something that can be found on Fox News or CNN the night before. The way newspapers can still be relevant and sought after is to have in dept stories about things that are not covered so much on television. Metro newspapers are luckier because they have the privilege to cover local stories that national news stations would not carry. The only thing they compete against are the local television news stations that usually have a 30 minute to 1 hour show twice a night. Also, newspapers are not doing themselves any favors by cutting the best most experienced reporters. That, literally, makes no sense. No one in their right mind wants to pay more money for a product that is not as good. Until the day that newspapers realize their mistakes and decide to do everything they can to fix them, they will continue to decline. Sure, newspapers will never be what they once were, but no one expects them to be. All I am saying is that there is absolutely no reason why newspapers can not still be a hot commodity.

  43. Joliasa Miller says:

    Newspapers are declining due to the fact of being ignorant. Times are changing and old habits don’t fit into the new world. Technology is great but comes at a great cost as well. Everyone and everything can not depend on technology as a source. We need a printed source to find answers if one day technology fails us. Depending on technology is not the answer. Thats why newspapers need to stop publishing things to help them survive. Newspapers needs to stay on top of this ever changing world and print the news.

  44. Meghan Jackson says:

    Newspapers are slowly fading away. Why is this? It is because no person appreciates quality news in print anymore because television is readily there. Times are changing and what’s old is slowly becoming new. For example, the snapback caps. Once upon a time they weren’t cool and now they are again. Everything is repeating, so does it do the same thing for media? As i stated in other blogs because we are so heavily dependent upon technology it could break down on us at any time. Where as print is convenient and reliable as long as you don’t cry from the words expressed…=).

  45. Lakedrick King says:

    News papers are really becoming a thing of the past, I mean they just cant keep up for their to be so many different types of publishers they all just do the same thing. But if news papers company’s were to ever come up with an amazing idea that would make people want to have a news paper in their hands they could easily be back on top

  46. Katie Ireland says:

    The simple act of holding a newspaper in your hand and turning the pages carelessly will always beat looking up news on the Internet. It is a tradition that will not easily be replaced, even despite the bleak outlook for newspapers. Even if newspapers do eventually die out, there will need to be a really good replacement, something even more convenient, accessible, and easy, which will not be easy to create.

  47. Candice Stanford says:

    I think that newspapers are still important and play a main role in today’s society. They might not be as popular as they were but still have major importance. Newspapers should develop a more interesting way to produce more exciting news and creative ideas to get the people’s attention. In order for newspapers to be competable with all of this computer technology and television news they are going to have to put more effort in their work. It is going to be just as hard to keep up with new technology but not impossible

  48. Courtney Smith says:

    I believe that newspapers should fight to save the printed copies. Because technology is pretty much taking over. Not everyone has means of being near a computer or other types of technology to get informed. Most elder people enjoy reading the morning paper with breakfast, what would they do without their newspaper? Because most of them are not able to get out and about to find out things and the majority of them are computer illiterate.

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