Jack ShaferÂ believesÂ the end is nigh for newspapers. No doubt sped up by shithouse reporting. I am hearing daily about more and more older subscribers of the NZÂ HeraldÂ canceling. It seems now, atÂ theÂ bowling clubs and bridge clubs the oldies are trying to out do each other for who canceled first. There is real kudos these days is being the longest non-Herald household.
Newspaper owners may be running out of time to beat the liquidation clock if theÂ predictionÂ (pdf) made in January by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future proves accurate. Because the current generation of print newspaper readers arenâ€™t being replaced, most major U.S. print dailies will be dead in five years, the report concluded. Very small newspapers might endure as dailies, as well as the large national newspapers â€“Â theÂ New York Times, theÂ Wall Street Journal, andÂ USA TodayÂ â€“Â and the localÂ Washington Post. For other newspapers to beat the reaper, said the Annenberg report, they must downsize from daily to once- or twice-a-week publication.