USA Today posts biggest drop; Canadian Canwest fate similar

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People are increasingly getting their news from the Internet and television, and newspapers. Instead of walking outside to pick up whites and blacks easier to warm your Mac or PC or just flip on the TV.

While the role of a newspaper may be made by internet, it would not be surprising to see that people with subscriptions to newspapers become very rare after 5 to 10 years if not extinguished at that time.

It seems that the only way to survive is to implement a subscription fee for online content, and to let the newspaper printed die a noble death. As much as I prefer to relax with an evening of reading the newspaper after watching a computer screen for 8 hours a day, printed news can not compete with the immediacy of the new 24-hour broadcast and Internet news in real time.

The real tragedy of the disappearance of printed news is the lack of reliability of digital media as a means of archiving our daily activities for historical purposes. If we are going 100% digital, we do not have physical evidence essential to document the history of our towns, cities or states. At the touch of a button, data can be accidentally overwritten, servers may be corrupted and criticisms can be lost forever.

USA Today expects to report a drop of 17 percent in circulation. This would be its largest drop ever.

USA Today to post 17 percent drop in circulation

While most major newspapers are struggling to keep print subscribers and newsstand sales, USA Today is also blaming it strongly on drops in travel and tourism. Many of the newspaper’s sales are in hotels and airports.

USA Today’s publisher, David Hunke (pronounced HUNK’-ee), told staff about the circulation plunge in a memo Friday. From April through September, the average daily circulation at the Gannett Co.-owned newspaper was 1.88 million. That amounted to 398,000 fewer copies than in the same period of 2008.

Original story published by Associated Press

CanWest and the future of Canadian journalism

On Tuesday, Canada’s largest media empire took its first step toward a historic breakup, as debt-laden CanWest Global Communications Corp. sought court protection from creditors to shelter some of its most crucial assets.

It was a move the company’s chief executive officer, Leonard Asper, tried desperately to avoid over the past year, agonizing in private that the business founded by his late father, Izzy Asper, 35 years ago would be forever tainted by the stigma of a filing aimed at staving off bankruptcy.

Original story covered on Globe and Mail

0 thoughts on “USA Today posts biggest drop; Canadian Canwest fate similar”

  1. Good riddance to print. Im not one for conspiracies but the print media/mass media of today truely seems like it spews its ‘news’ from the same source. Theres 0 difference in opinion from most magazines like you would expect there to be.

    Atleast on the internet we have thousands of different options for news…and hey, if we want to see what the European or even Arab media thinks of events going on in our country [US] to get a different perspective…we can do it. And oftentimes the foreighn news report things more correctly than say, CNN does. Political correctness has really hurt rational reporting in our country. IF someone wishes to pay online to read the New Yorker, then good for them. However im not going to cry over any print media closures, 90% of them report the same things and lack the balls to state the truth or alternate opinions.

  2. Jon,

    Yes I agree that newsprint’s disappearance is good in some ways, but bad in others. Overall I think it is good because people can now get their information from whatever/wherever they want, but I think many media outlets can spring up to spread disinformation now.

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