Ben Shepherd writes: Is it just me or is there a lot of dancing on graves around the troubles of the newspaper industry globally by some digital commentators?
It’s no surprise, digital media has been canning the newspapers for the past 10+ years – forgetting in the process that many of the worlds most popular and respected websites are newspaper ones. And don’t get me started on the phrase ‘Heritage Media’
It’s always confused me that many digital sell jobs are more about shitcanning traditional media, as opposed to selling in the unique benefits of the digital medium. It’s like selling a Falcon to someone purely by telling the prospective buyer how bad a Commodore is.
Personally I still like reading the paper and will read it most weekends. I think there are things newspapers do that the Internet can’t … and vice versa … but I still think in 20 years time there will be a place for newspapers.
What am I missing here? Why do some people within the digital media world seem to have such contempt for newspapers? Is it because a load of them are wannabe print journalists that are pissed their endeavours aren’t covered by the mainstream print media?Possibly …
Liam Walsh writes: Ben if your mother was reading your expletives she would blush!
I too am a big newspaper fan, except for broadsheets being so physically big which I hate.
The problem for newspapers is much the same problem as television was for radio. Television was highly visual and the entertainment value proposition was generally higher. Radio didn’t go away, it just got smaller.
Television has also benefited at the expense of newspapers as it is more timely and a bunch of people prefer to get their news from television.
Unfortunately for newspapers, the web is also much more timely and it’s a lot more functional. So newspapers now have a second force replacing their role.
But the really big change and why this is so painful is the impact on classifieds. Television didn’t grab all the classified revenue like digital has. This has been an enormous blow to newspaper revenue.
This revenue helped fund the journalism piece and without that revenue…… well you know the rest.
I am not sure people are beating up newspapers, there are a bunch of journalists writing about the relatively dire financial position that the sector is experiencing.
I cannot imagine a weekend without newspapers, specially since my daughter is now old enough to allow me the time to actually read them again.