Bad news of the day

By Steve Outing

Wow, it’s getting depressing for the newspaper industry. Scripps just announced it’s shutting down the Cincinnati Post and the Kentucky Post. My Columbia Journalism Review came in the mail the other day, and there was this article about the serious troubles of the Dallas Morning News. And of course there are the continually released reports citing the latest circulation losses of American newspapers.

It’s really starting to feel like the industry is in the beginnings of a death spiral. Just as Philip Meyer suggested.

I’m having a hard time justifying my own newspaper reading habit. Perhaps it’s my age (50, yikes!), but I still pay for a subscription to have the dead-tree edition tossed on my driveway every morning. But I’m close to saving the money and cancelling, because I can get everything I need online now. And I’d feel less guilty about the trees used to feed my paper habit.

Any more, I think it’s just a comfort thing for me; it feels comfortable and, yes, nostalgic to still get the printed newspaper. I know if I was 30, I wouldn’t be paying for the print edition.

That has nothing to do with the news, of course. I’m as much of a news junkie as ever — but I get so much more online than my local newspaper could ever deliver.

I’ll stop the print edition. I just don’t know yet when that will come.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!