are newspapers slowly being phased out?

March 12, 2009 marlafederman

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On February 27 Rocky Mountain News published its final edition of Denver’s leading newspaper for breaking news, sports, weather and entertainment.  The newspaper that has been providing people in Denver with their news since 1859 was forced to say goodbye and close up because it just wasn’t getting the funds it needed to stay open. Newspapers across the country are experiencing similar problems. Other newspapers such as the San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Post-Intelligencer are being put up for sale or will be forced to close up because they don’t have the money to keep the newspapers running. These days it hardly seems worth it to continue printing newspapers when so many people get their news online anyway.

One of the main reasons why Rocky Mountain News was forced to close was due to declining circulation. People just aren’t reading print newspapers anymore. Most newspapers have an Internet version of its newspaper. The demand for print newspaper continues to decrease especially because the Internet has made news so readily available. In a survey done by The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press in 2008, these days nearly everyone who wants to get news goes online for information (92%).

We are now in transition from traditional media to a new kind of media-social media. Blogs and online newspapers are a couple places that people are getting their news from. Blogs tend to be more interesting and conversational than traditional newspaper, which is written very matter-of-fact. Blogs are becoming increasingly popular for several reasons. People trust blogs. Personal bloggers have no hidden agenda; blogging is just a way for them to voice their opinions. Blogs give people insight and different angles on news and information.

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