The time has come. This is the end of an era of newspapers anxiously traveling in delivery trucks all night long just to be placed at one’s door first thing in the morning. The end of sharp eyes and hungry hands flipping trough news about sports, politics, entertainment, business, advertising and more. The end of newsstands carrying USA Today, The Boston Globe and The New York Times. This is the 21st century. Why would anyone pay for a printed version of news that can be easily read on a laptop, phone or tablet? Printed media, specially newspapers, seems to be dying. And there’s nothing that can be done about it.
Are Newspapers Dying?
Except that that’s not true. The article Print Is Dying, Digital Is No Savior: The Long, Ugly Decline Of The Newspaper Business Continues Apace, by , states that the 17th century’s invention has its days counted. I disagree with it. Thankfully, technology has evolved to the point where whatever happens on the other side of the world can be quickly and easily communicated to any person with access to internet at any given point of the globe. Furthermore, as the article pointed out, there are classified advertisement websites such as Craigslist that “came up with a new model for classified ads—free—with which newspapers could not compete.” Yet, this is not the end of newspapers.
Recently I was part of a group of Emerson College students who had the privilege of visiting The Boston Globe. Prior to the visit, I too thought that newspapers and all the other forms of printed publication had their ships sinking. To my surprise, however, after the almost two-hour visit, I completely changed my mind.
Newspaper Printing Machine
During the visit, the group toured a couple of departments, including the exciting newsroom. There, for about an hour or so, the newsroom leadership gathered to share newsworthy information, articles, facts, statistics, projects and stories that each department had been working on, in addition to discussing news that could potentially be in the newspaper’s cover the following day. And that was just the first meeting of the day; another one was scheduled for the afternoon hours.
Surprisingly, the American daily newspaper is moving. Some would promptly assume that The Boston Globe is going out of business and closing its doors. Some would be absolutely wrong: the staff and contributors settled on the current building in Dorchester will keep working to expand the newspaper’s great success in the new location in Downtown. The newspaper’s smart moving to the heart of Boston doesn’t quite fit the print-is-dying scenario.
It’s true that there are people who strongly prefer to read news online. I agree that it’s faster and more practical. Phones are checked around 110 times a day anyway… However, spread here and there are many others who would rather wait to read the news in the morning, while appreciating a nice cup of coffee or tea and scrambled eggs, oatmeal or toast, or on their way to work or school. I’m sorry if I’m the one to break the news, but because of the last group, newspapers will live a little longer.