By Paul Gillin | September 15, 2011 - 6:49 am - Posted in Newspapers

We were contacted by the Washington-based International Center for Journalists last week about our opinions on the future of the newspaper industry. They published a nice Q&A which starts below and continues on their website.

Since 2007, veteran technology journalist Paul Gillin has been tracking the demise of newspapers and highlighting the ones that thrive on a website called Newspaper Death Watch.

In just the last month, Gillin’s site reported on the demise of the Bay Area News Group, which consolidated 11 newspapers into two surviving publications, costing about 120 people their jobs. These are just a few casualties among many as the print industry learns to adapt in the digital age.

IJNet spoke with Gillin about the current woes of print publications, evolving business models and whether the lives of newspapers are at stake.

IJNet: What kind of newspapers have been failing?

Paul Gillin: Regional newspapers, especially those with less than daily frequency, have been taking the hardest hit. Hundreds of weeklies have failed over the last three years; no one to my knowledge has an accurate count.

Read the rest of the interview on the International Center for Journalists website

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  1. September 22, 2011 @ 2:06 pm



    After reading this interview, I have to say I’m a bit shocked. I myself am tracking the change from print to screen in regards to newspaper & analyzing if the change has been more beneficial or disadvantageous, but I had no idea that some areas were going through the transition so drastically.

    “In just the last month, Gillin’s site reported on the demise of the Bay Area News Group, which consolidated 11 newspapers into two surviving publications, costing about 120 people their jobs.”

    That statement really opened my eyes & made this issue even more real & concrete for me. To come to the realization that this industry, which once thrived and seemed to only grow, is declining & losing its purpose so quickly is certainly disheartening. Unfortunately, our technology-based society has backed the newspaper industry into a tight corner & talented journalists are losing their jobs because it. Difficult as it may be to say, nothing is really as secure & stable as it seems.

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  2. December 30, 2011 @ 11:28 am



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