The newspaper industry has been discussed, reviewed and analyzed in every facet, almost to the point of being over discussed these days. What is known for certain is that the old model is not working anymore and the future holds a raft of foundational changes. What is unclear are any clear answers on how to effectively make those changes even with all the ideas, theories and potential tactics being tossed around.
So, from what you can assess, is it a dying industry? Is there hope for survival? Are the reports of its death greatly exaggerated? Or is just a period of adjustment and realignment as they change the revenue model (that is, if they can)?
We’ve seen the strong opinions and predictions from all angles on the debate. All I know from my perch is that I still love opening my Globe and Mail and diving in. It is still worth what I pay for my subscription (except on rainy days when it arrives nice and soggy…grrr). That said, while I hope it does not go away, the reality is that it no longer represents my prime source of news. And, I’ll take a guess that it is not yours either.
Shedding some light on the state of the print business, Charlie Rose has just begun a new series on the future of newspapers. The first round was an interesting discussion with guests Mort Zuckerman of the New York Daily News, Robert Thomson of the Wall Street Journal and Walter Issaacson of Time. It was a nice kick off and laid down some of the basic issues that the industry faces with no shortage of dialogue in terms of what is required to help it get back on its feet.
What do you think? Are newspapers still a prime source of information for you? If your printed pages were to disappear, would you care? Is it a ritual that you could easily forget or replace? And, what the heck are bird lovers and new pet owners going to line cages with if print goes down for the count?
Enjoy the discussion (it starts at 28 minutes into the clip).