May 13, 2008 9:46 AM | 0
Newspaper publishers once fought tooth and nail for recognition amongst competing publications; now they’re just fighting for recognition.
Last week, we reported on the downward publishing trend for the once-cherished encyclopedia. It seems newspapers aren’t safe either. When considering the 1,437 daily newspapers printed in the United States, Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California at Annenberg, has given them 20 to 25 more years before fading away.
There’s certainly evidence on his side. The New York Post recently reduced its height by an inch and a half, following the example of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Reuters recently reported on a survey of worldwide newspaper editors that revealed a popular opinion that newspapers would eventually be free to stay alive in competition with the internet. Even The Onion is poking fun at this issue.
A world without newspapers. Even in these modern times, that’s still tough news to swallow.