(ed:..i agree with a lot of the assertions in this ‘contrarian’ view of the direction the industry has gone..
especially the dumbing-down/clickbait/video-obsessions/mindless-crap/content driving most..
i have always believed that quality/intelligent writing/analysis/commentary will prevail..
and this is what i attempt/have done here @ whoar – since 2005 – to each day gather what of that i could find/deemed worthy of inclusion..
and i hafta say that i now delight in the archive (over 120,000 posts) that i have built..and would submit this is a series of worthwhile/interesting snaphots of/from those years 2005 until now..
and i am especially enjoying the related-stories from those archives that pop up at the bottom of each new post..many of them are a repeated revelation/reminder/delight for me..
..i am also chuffed that the research finds/concludes that millennials are not the empty/uncaring phone-heads the media have portrayed them as being – and that many/enough actually prefer to get their news/information/analysis in written form..not just watching pictures/sketches on a screen..
..so i guess i’ll continue what i am doing..cheered it is not only older people used to quality-journalism who can enjoy/find value in it..)
What if almost the entire newspaper industry got it wrong?
What if, in the mad dash two decades ago to repurpose and extend editorial content onto the Web – editors and publishers made a colossal business blunder that wasted hundreds of millions of dollars?
What if the industry should have stuck with its strengths—the print editions where the vast majority of their readers still reside and where the overwhelming majority of advertising and subscription revenue come from—instead of chasing the online chimera?That’s the contrarian conclusion I drew from a new paper written by H. Iris Chyi and Ori Tenenboim of the University of Texas and published this summer in Journalism Practice.Buttressed by copious mounds of data and a rigorous sustained argument – the paper cracks open the watchworks of the newspaper industry to make a convincing case that the tech-heavy Web strategy pursued by most papers has been a bust.The key to the newspaper future might reside in its past and not in smartphones – iPads and VR.‘Digital first’ the authors claim has been a losing proposition for most newspapers.
These findings matter because conventional newspapers – for all their shortcomings – remain the best source of information about the workings of our government – of industry and of the major institutions that dominate our lives.
They still publish a disproportionate amount of the accountability journalism available – a function that’s not being fully replaced by online newcomers or the nonprofit entities that have popped up.
If we give up the print newspaper for dead – accepting its demise without a fight – we stand to lose one of the vital bulwarks that protect and sustain our culture.(cont..)