The digital media evolution is a rapidly growing industry and the future for print newspapers is looking pretty grim. As people are turning to smartphones, tablets and computers to get their daily news fix, the once prestigious print medium is looking to become redundant in the not too distant future.
The closure of the print version of the UK’s Independent in March of this year, a newspaper regarded as “journalism of the highest quality standard,” sets the tone for what is to come.
As David Hayes states: “Losing the Independent is a major event: a setback for democracy as well as journalism.” This statement suggests that the autonomy and freedom of journalists may be affected with the move to digital, as big corporations have more control over online business.
Some may argue that the move to digital can create more dynamic and comprehensive journalism, possibly enhancing the news reading experience with the use of multimedia.
The obvious reason that print newspapers may become redundant is the lack of capitol to keep them running. It is far cheaper to publish online news than print tangible papers.
The younger generations who have grown up in the digital era have not been accustomed to buying newspapers; I believe this hints at a definite future without print news.
With an ever increasingly competitive market, tighter budgets for news publications and the convenience of mobile technology, I predict the future of print media will not outlast generation Y.
The ramifications of losing newspapers are not yet fully known, though David Hayes states: “What is certain is that a future without newspapers would be a future without democracy.”