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Small Newspapers Look for Ways to Survive

So it seems as though the bigger newspapers in America who are in crisis, yet proceed to dig their heels in defiance of a swop to online news have gotten things wrong. The Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in Montgomery County, Maryland, is embracing the change in order to keep the number of readers up.

The Sentinel, which has been running since 1855 says that making the change to online news is the only way forward if you want to run a successful newspaper. The Sentinel has done away with the old method of compiling a newspaper

“Gone are the days when newspapers were set for print by pasting stories and photographs on a board.”

The paper is using computers to get out 10,000 newspapers every week.

A spokesperson for the paper says that things are changing fast and the only way forward is to roll with the times.


“You know, things in this day and age happen like this. So, you have to have an online presence, you have to update it, you have to be there all the time,”

“instead of picking it up in our newspaper, go to our Web site,”

Its clear that this paper is here to stay and intends on running the newspaper for a modern audience. It looks as though the Sentinel won’t be loosing out an customers any time soon.


April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

‘State of Play’ impresses with political intrigue, journalism

This article writes about the new movie starring Russell Crowe which although recognized as a political thriller could easily be mistaken for an attempt to highlight the fact that print journalism is now challenged by online journalism.  The article writes

invertedState of Play may actually have more to say about the beleaguered state of print journalism than about governmental shenanigans.

state-of-play1It seems that Hollywood have cottoned on to the fact that print journalists are now faced with a new landscape from which to work with and it is now time to consider making the move to online news. The fact that movies are now being made about the current state of print journalism shows that the word is out. Its a matter of time before online journalism becomes our only form of news.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bailing out print journalism would only prolong the inevitable

With the American economy in the state that it is in, many industries are looking for relief from the government in order to continue on in making their products. Now print journalists are demanding that they get in on some of the federal bailout money. This article highlights that bailing out print  journalism will do no good, as online journalism is surpassing its predecessor and it looks as though people using the internet for their news is ever increasing. The article says that although many industries need the money in order to turn a profit print journalism can make the move to the net which doesn’t require any funds from the government. The face of journalism is changing and print journalists have no choice but to change with it.

This article says that if government was to invest in print journalism it would hinder any reporting that takes place in the news room, it would have control over what it being written and published and would result in the public not getting the real news story.

comma1 Federal money leads to federal influence, and federal influence has no place in journalism.
The only way for print journalism to tackle the spiralling economy is to move with the times and adapt themselves to cope with the way people are now getting their news stories.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment