Posted by: tjholmesjr | February 12, 2009

The Dissolving Media: Newspapers

Everyone knows it so I am going to put it out there and say it…newspapers are dying. And it saddens me.

Few college students, especially Chico State students, are caught reading the Sac Bee, the Chico Enterprise-Record or even the New York Times. The Orion has a decent circulation not only because of their award-winning reputation, but because it is free.

Newspapers and print are becoming an unpopular media for the new generation because with laptop computers, WiFi hot spots and cell phones, people can have the information anytime, anywhere, and right when they want it.

Today’s college students think ‘why should I pay to get a subscription if I can just read it on the internet for free?’ I know because I used to think that way before I decided to be a journalism major.

There are ways for journalism to agree with the online world. Because if you can’t beat them, join them.

For my career in news-editorial, it’s looking bright for online news-ed with the numerous newspapers that maintain their own websites or even blogs. But as for print, it’s walking away from the light at the end of the tunnel and will be phased out.

The question remains, when will people give up on newspapers and what will be the determining factor to end the journey of print?

Hopefully not in my lifetime.

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