Print Times Not Quite Dead, But Hope Lies in Its Ashes

Journalism faces a challenge, but hardly a disaster

By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2009 3:36 PM CST

(Newser) – We know it’s coming, that day when print newspapers cease to exist, but it won’t be this year, right? Maybe, maybe not, Michael Hirschorn writes in the Atlantic, and it wouldn’t necessarily be a disaster. The New York Times is in trouble—it could default on $400 million in debt come May. “Sooner than most of us think,” the Times will be digital-only, Hirschorn predicts.

What would the non-paper paper look like? Only the best reporters would survive, and “could use their considerable savvy to mix their own reporting with that of others, giving us a more integrative, real-time view of the world.” With various sites coordinating resources, the Times would “resemble a bigger, better, and less partisan version of the Huffington Post,” Hirschorn writes.

The front page of Monday's New York Times was the first to contain an ad. Display advertising on the bottom of the front page is a trend becoming more common throughout the newspaper industry.   (AP Photo)
A worker removes the raised letters bearing the newspaper's name at the former New York Times headquarters in New York. The newspaper's staff moved to a new building in June 2007.   (The New York Times)
The new New York Times building was designed by Renzo Piano. It cost the company about $600 million to build.   (AP Photo)
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