The Newspaper Is Dead; Long Live the Journalist

Sly Bailey, Trinity Mirror Chief Executive, on the death of newspapers.

“If the pressures of this recession put local newspapers out of business, think very hard about what we will be left with when we do emerge the other side. Super-dominant digital players like Google and the death of journalism as we know it.”

Absolutely not. The death of newspapers won’t mean the death of journalism. The advertising revenue that propped up newspapers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries is still there. Now, it’s going to specialist websites and blogs.

Most writers don’t write full time – i.e. the majority earn less than the minimum wage from their writing – but the activity is seen as a vocation. Isn’t journalism a vocation?

BBC NEWS | UK | Warning of ‘death of journalism’

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Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

2 thoughts on “The Newspaper Is Dead; Long Live the Journalist”

  1. I don’t agree that advertising revenue is still there and is going to specailst websites and blogs. Most ads on blogs and on many websites are google ads (based on click revenue). Advertising has not taken off online in such a bit way as in the print medium, and certainly is not as costly to the advertiser. I think advertising revenue has plummeted in all media, and this is a real challenge for content producers who rely on any business model that involves advertising revenue.

    The sort of journalism that will survive the current turbulence will probably be of the FT/Economist variety, and other specalist-interest, high-end publications. What will happen to the rest I do not know but the potential death of general newspapers strikes me as very sad because I get far more out of reading a daily newspaper than I do out of reading news and analysis on blogs. In fact I find that most of the news/analysis I read on blogs is on blogs that belong to newspapers 😉

  2. I take your point, Maxine, about the advertising revenue, but my impression is that advertisers are putting their money online in even greater sums as the recession bites. This is partly because online readers and listeners (to podcasts) are engaged, motivated and interested in products and services that are directed at them.

    Maybe once all the journalists at the Guardian are free range rather than battery farmed there’ll be an explosion of content written by people doing it for the love 🙂 (Though it could equally all end in tears…)

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