The Issues Behind Printed Issues

Monday, January 24, 2011

As newspapers become less popular, news readers are going to other sources to find out information.


Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Times of London, was one of the first people to enforce paywalls for his newspaper. Unfortunately, it was unsuccessful. Originally The Times had 150,000 registrations online. After applying the paywall over 120,000 people were unwilling to pay the paywall fee.

People aren't willing to pay for news that they can find elsewhere for free. With social media taking over people go to Twitter and Facebook to get their news fix. Tablets are also becoming more popular and with these tablets are applications that provide free news.

Also, because newspapers are printed at the same time on a regular basis, other news sources are able to get the news out quicker. Twitter is able to post breaking news immediately along with Facebook and iPad apps.

Let's face it, newspapers are going to become extinct in the next ten years. IPad apps, Facebook, and Twitter are taking over the news industry with their free information.

Photo Credit: Dorothy Parker, Loon Pond

3 comments:

Tess Myer January 24, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Isn't it crazy how much people have gotten away from actual hard copies such as news papers and magazines, but no matter how hard people try there will always be people who want that hard copy. The only way those online, free, sources survive is from advertisements. Did you ever notice that places like Facebook post ads depending on who you are, for instance, if you are engaged there will be marriage ads. How much are these ads even making? Is there really anyone who even takes a legitimate look at them?

Morgan Fleener January 25, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

It's amazing how much our society relies on immediacy for finding things out. People are on such a rushed schedule that they use their mobile devices to gather information, rather than sitting down on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee enjoying the Sunday paper. Mobile devices have caused a huge conflict with newspapers and even televison. Did you ever think about in high school how instead of getting up to check the television for delays and closings, we'd simply lay in bed and check our phones? It's amazing how technology can work in a person's life.

Kelsey Hagelberg January 25, 2011 at 6:46 AM  

How will the newspaper industry remain afloat? If Americans aren't paying for the news then the journalists and editors will not be receiving any of the income provided from this source of media? Our society has become one that is greedy, and are not willing to pay for anything. Everyone wants it to be free. Cheap things are made cheaply. Quality news requires adequate funds and if we are unable to provide these funds then how will this affect the media world?

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