The End of Print Journalism?

While thinking of convergence in terms of the media,


of The Independent’s print section came straight to my mind.  The flow of news content to either news websites or social media platforms- contribute a constant change in today’s journalism industry and in the role of the individual journalist.

The shift towards the online platforms is being expressed by the rise of ‘instantaneous news’, as news today are expected to run in a regular stream, in various outlets, and perhaps with less in-depth content. The growing desire for instant news coupled with the increasing use of social media has meant that there is a need for journalists to be multi-skilled or have expertise or knowledge in more than one media platform.

The audience, on the other hand, suddenly doesn’t have to be as active to consume news, as eventually the newsbb91dbf3-a758-4bb8-9d7d-9dbe45bc4cb0 will get us. However, when the user decides to actively participate- in today’s journalism form- he will have much more power to account.

As a fan of the old-fashion newspapers, I find this evolution as another loss of the romance to the industry. How
ever, maybe just like the Kindle, it’s just about time, until the shift will just make news more popular, and more suitable to our society’s nature.



  1. I think the convergence of newspapers and the internet is really useful for finding up-to-date news. If there’s a breaking news story, the first place the audience would think to go would be online because that’s where something can be posted instantly. Also, online sources for news are a lot more convenient than reading a print newspaper, because they are more efficient for the reader to find the news they are looking for. They just have to type in a few key words and it will come up. Most of the time, it’s always free, as well.

    However, I do agree that there is still a place for print newspaper. I still like to read the Evening Standard on the tube sometimes and the news in there and other print newspapers are still reliable as ever.

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  2. We have been broadly discussing the implications of convergence on the media and the cultural, technological and economic environment. There are many. However, we may have failed to consider what have they caused us as users and media professionals.

    My colleague has engaged with the issue, outlining that media convergence not only forced publications to change, but also ‘implied’ that people should change as well (see ‘The End of Print Journalism?).

    A converging environment calls for people to ‘converge.’ And that is precisely what happened.

    Journalists had to go multi platform, becoming proficient in both traditional and new media.

    But that was not all of it . . . The audience became the ‘converged’ reflection of contemporary media and society. They were now consumers and producers of news, putting an official end of the dominance of traditional media over news representation.

    In the light of the concrete example being made, I would say that such processes are natural. Maybe it really has taken some of the charm, but the bitter and often quite disappointing truth is: ‘it is more suitable of our society’s nature’ (see ‘The End of Print Journalism?).

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