20 Year Old Complaints About Dying Newspapers Sound Familiar
from the the-more-things-stay-the-same dept
We certainly take our fair shot at pointing out when newspapers make bad business decisions in trying to figure out how to adapt to the internet age — but (unlike some) we don’t believe that “journalism” is dying or even that newspapers are dying. They’ll learn to adapt and change with the time. Sure, a few poorly managed and slow to change newspapers may end up having plenty of trouble, but that hardly speaks to the value and demand for professionally produced news. However, for an interesting historical perspective on the imminent death of newspapers it’s worth reading MarketWatch editor-in-chief David Callaway’s column discussing his 20 years in the news business, where the basic fears sound remarkably similar to what you hear today:
“Back in 1987, it was widely assumed that newspapers were dying. The post-Watergate rush to journalism was over. Circulations were down. And new technologies were threatening. At one point, the hot new thing was to deliver news by fax machine, and papers were going to die because readers would be able to get news quicker by fax. They would even be able to tailor the type of news they wanted to receive. Imagine that.”
Journalism isn’t going anywhere. It just needs to change and adapt to the times. It’s already happening in some places, and the others will figure it out eventually.