A Glimpse, Perhaps, into the Future of Journalism

ACADEME BLOG

There has been a great deal of hand-wringing about the future of journalism in the U.S. Newspapers and general news magazines have been facing an ongoing financial crisis as their subscribers, and the majority of younger readers, look to digital sources for the news and as companies shift their advertising dollars from print media to digital sites and social media. Many newspapers and some of general news magazines have abandoned print altogether and have tried to transform themselves into digital entities, but that transition has not been easy because the new media do not readily accommodate the entrenched print models for staffing and for generating revenue.

Likewise, network television viewership and, in particular, the ratings of the nightly news programs have continued to erode, and the cable news channels have attracted only a modest number of viewers. Worse, like the newspapers and general news magazines, television news is attracting fewer…

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