It’s 2016 and we’re well in to the ‘digital age’ as they like to call it.
The tradition of buying a newspaper on the way to work is no longer a common routine. If you sit on a peak hour train, you’ll see everyone’s head down looking at their phone. That’s where their work is, their social life, and most importantly their news.
According to Eric Beecher from ‘The Monthly’ (2013), the ‘Sydney Morning Herald sold 186,000 weekday copies in a state with over 7 million and the Age 157,000 in a population of 5.6 million’.
It is clear to see that newspapers are no longer “wanted” in society, since digital media has become more convenient. However, others think that newspapers are here to stay. For example TedTalks presenter Lisa DeSisto, said “some people predict the end of newspapers is around the corner. But that can’t happen because newspapers and journalism protect all of you, and protects society”.
This may be true, newspapers have had a long history of covering exclusive stories, and helping regular citizens with their situations which needed a lot of community support.
However, it is “too expensive to print several dozens square feet of paper and deliver it to 10s and 1000s of people” according to Abraham Seidmann, Xerox Professor. The Monthly, mentioned that the cost of selling classified pages every Saturday costs them $150 million a year across four newspapers compared to $40,000 less than 10 years ago!
Even though newspapers were the evolution of journalism years ago, it’s hard to say that they’ll stay around for much longer with the new technology and software constantly being produced to adapt to new consumer needs.
Seidmann does make a good point and that is ‘printed media is in its last leg of its life’, unfortunately it will disappear soon.