A Gloomy Prediction for the Future of American Newspapers

“Circulation of print newspapers continues to plummet, and we believe that the only print newspapers that will survive will be at the extremes of the medium – the largest and the smallest,” said a researcher at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California as reported in the Internet magazine, Salon. “It’s likely that only four major daily newspapers will continue in print form: The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. At the other extreme, local weekly newspapers may still survive.

“The impending death of the American print newspaper continues to raise many questions. Will media organizations survive and thrive when they move exclusively to online availability? How will the changing delivery of content affect the quality and depth of journalism?”

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