Saturday, February 28, 2009

Something to think about - the death of any newspaper

I "borrowed" this from the Flint Journal's website from this article.

Final Edition from Matthew Roberts on Vimeo.

It brought a tear to my eye, and I suspect it will to anyone who loves newspapering and journalism.


Eric said...

Agreed. Very sad story. I think the future of newspapers is this: they're going to have to go away before people realize they need them. I have faith that at some point, they'll come back, in some capacity.

You know, the Internet sucks. Being involved in this industry and seeing what the "free" Internet can do to things, it's sad. It's such a great tool, but it can be a very bad thing as well.

I work at a weekly newspaper, and we recently started our own Web sites. We currently give away all of our news stories online for free, instead of the 75 cents we charge people for the print edition. The online version is more timely, and is better. Why are we giving it away?

We are not in the same shape as a lot of these major newspapers, because we're a community paper and we haven't lost our focus on community news and filled the paper with AP stories like so many of the dailies have done. However, as we put more and more content online, as we put filler ads in the paper BEGGING people to check out our Web sites, I can't help but wonder, are we slowly killing the company? Do we REALLY want people to go online rather than read our print edition?

We keep saying that the online edition is for a different group of people, that the people who visit the Web sites aren't the people that are buying the print edition...that's true, for the most part. But as the generations change, more and more will be online, and less will be reading print. Our online ad revenue isn't going to pay all of us to be there, is it?

It's a scary business to be in right now. I'm just starting out, haven't been doing it for two years yet, but if it all comes to an end, I don't know where I'll go. I guess there's always Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

We work in a cut throat business.
you live by the sword and you die by the sword

Anonymous said...

You, cry? Id of liked to be there to see that!