Jack Shafer¬†believes¬†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 NZ¬†Herald¬†canceling. It seems now, at¬†the¬†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 the¬†prediction¬†(pdf) made in January by the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future proves accurate. Because the current generation of print newspaper readers aren‚Äôt 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 ‚Äď¬†the¬†New York Times, the¬†Wall Street Journal, and¬†USA Today¬†‚Äď¬†and the local¬†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.