From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Journalism will survive or die as its users dictate. We no longer use Telegraph wires or pony express as new technologies came along that made these informational delivery methods obsolete and useless to the public at large. If Internet news is replacing print journalism, then that is a natural cause and effect of changing times and technology, and no amount of economic input or think tanking will get the public to go backward. Because of supply and demand, the decision and impact on print journalism rests solely with its users. People will read where they will, and buy where they will, and make individual choices. The public alone will choose print or internet, so while different ideas may be put in place, if you can't change the minds of the public to use print, then they won't seek out printed information. What MIGHT help Journalism survive in a changing technological world, and compete with the Internet, is the first Amendment of the Constitution; Freedom of the Press. This ability for journalists to keep printing what they wish would mean that readers seek them out specifically, even in an internet-news world. Print journalism is, by the nature of changing technologies, old and outdated before it reaches the paper. In the time it takes to typeset a newspaper, news has already been on the internet for hours. But, if the print media were printing things that the public would go out of their way for, that they can't get on the internet, that they want to get up out of their chairs to retrieve, then certain highly motivated print media parties with high quality content could survive and perhaps even thrive in the US.