Everyday we hear on the news, internet, Facebook, Twitter and even in our classes that communication is changing. I often wonder if this change is a good change?
On Thursday the Rocky Mountain News printed their final edition. The newspaper had been reporting on Colorado news for over 150 years. On Waggener Edstrom’s blog “Let’s Define Death” president Frank Shaw talked about the certain demise of several major newspapers. Here is the list of Newspapers that he listed are in trouble on his blog. He acquired the list from the Silicon Alley Insider.
- New York Daily News – Circulation: 632,595 (10% Decline Since 2007)
- Los Angeles Times – Circulation: 739,147 (4% decrease since 2007)
- St. Paul Pioneer Press – Circulation: 184,973 (3% decrease since 2007)
- Chicago Sun-Times – Circulation: 313,176 (.2% increase since 2007)
- Detroit News – Circulation: 178,280 (5% decrease since 2007)
- San Francisco Chronicle – Circulation: 339,430 (8% decrease since 2007)
- Miami Herald – Circulation: 210,884 (12% decrease since 2007)
- Philadelphia Daily News – Circulation: 97,694 (9% decrease since 2007)
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer – Circulation: 117,572 (9% decrease since 2007)
We all know that newspapers are fading fast, but it is still sad to see them go. I remember as a child watching my mom come home every night and religiously read the newspaper. Things have changed she is lucky if she gets through one paper a week. Now she mostly gets her news from the internet because it is faster and more concise. The internet plus sites like Craigslist who have revolutionized the classifieds have helped contribute to the newspapers demise.
However I can’t help but wonder if we are to blame as well? Our generation, the generation of mobile phones wireless internet and Ipods. Have we changed communication that much that we have helped ruin an entire industry?
On ABC’s world news with Charlie Gibson there was a recent report on the declining health of newspapers. Click here to view the video. Newspapers have been the eyes and ears for small and large cities. When they can’t function on the level that they need to cities are the ones that are missing out. When papers start to loose there print editions how will that effect their content? Content in most newspapers has already been drastically reduced. When a paper looses its paper what then does it become? A glorified blog?
How will the change of newspapers as we know them affect the Public Relations field? Will reporters have the time to even report on pitches by a PR professional?
We are left wondering what the future will hold for newspapers and what the trickle down affect will be. Instead of saving newspaper clippings are we going to be printing off blog posts?