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?