Newspapers will follow web's lead in future
Newspapers of the future will resemble blogs more than newspapers, and become summaries of what's found online, a research group predicts. From Investor's Business Daily:
In five to 10 years, analysts predict, most U.S. newspapers will have moved to the Web with e-editions.I certainly hope that newsprint doesn't go out of style. While I get much of my news and information online, I still prefer to read off of a real, live sheet of paper. Reading off of a monitor will never be the same.
Though national dailies like the New York Times and USA Today are expected to keep their main print editions, lots of other papers will have more readers online than at newsstands.
Most will still publish smaller, specialized print editions that are digests of what they post online.
One trend that's a given: Readers will have less time to read as their lives get busier and will prefer stories of 300 words or less. That's half as long as the average story today — and a fourth the size of this one.
Many won't read newspapers at all. News readership's been falling since the 1960s, when 80% of adults got a daily newspaper. The figure is 50% now and is expected to keep slipping over the next decade as readers migrate online.
Web First, Print Second
With the Web upstaging print as a source of news, some say newspapers will become extensions of the news content readers find online.
Jupiter Research analyst Barry Parr says a likely consequence of this is that newspaper pages will be designed to resemble Web pages.
"What a newspaper might come to look like is a printed digest of what's online," Parr said.
What are your thoughts on the predicted extinction of print newspapers?