If not dead, then certainly dying. Brodie Fenlon, Senior Director of Digital News at CBC, describes the decline of print media as “a freight train that has been long coming” (CBC, 2016). If you’re curious about the state of newspapers in the world today, simply ask yourself when it was that you last read one. Yep, it’s pretty much the same for everyone else. If you are one of the relatively few who answered, “Just this morning, actually, I read it over my morning coffee,” then you are quickly becoming a minority, as more and more people are flipping the digital pages of their iPads rather their local Daily.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s been an on-going discussion for basically this whole decade. The year 2008 saw 135 daily newspapers across Canada. By 2011, that number had fallen to 122. As of 2014, there were only 104. That means 23% of Canada’s Dailies have disappeared, and jobs are falling with them; more than 600 journalists have been laid-off since January of 2015 (CBC, 2016). There is certainly no comeback for print in the foreseeable future.
However, it’s not likely that newspapers will cease to exist altogether. In fact, some experts believe that “every city will have at least one print newspaper for the foreseeable future” (Harper, 2010). Keep in mind that those experts lived in 2010. In this student’s opinion, it’s more likely that those who have always read the newspaper will continue to read the newspaper, simply because it’s a habit. By the time all those people have died out, there will definitely be another significant drop in print media, but there will always be a niche for people who simply love the feel of paper between their palms. Print will become hipster and attempt to make a vague comeback, but it will never be the journalism powerhouse it once was. Unfortunately, journalists, you had better learn to use a computer.
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