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The future of newspapers

The big news in the newspaper world is that they are closing. Or is it more accurate to say disappearing? It seems the future for newspapers is not as black and white as it used to be, but rather gray. Is the dwindling economy to blame or are newspapers just getting lost in the shuffle with today’s technology? This month’s Streetwise question asked four individuals to look into their crystal balls to see what the future is for newspapers. Are they here to stay or just a thing of the past? Here’s what they had to say.

Aaron Duran
The Internet is going to be its biggest killer. People don’t have time to sit down and read them (newspapers) anymore. They’re good if you have the time, but most people don’t have that kind of time.

Jennifer Utterback
Colorado Springs
I think it is a dying form. Everything is online and you can get any news online. What’s the point in buying the paper if you can find it there (online)?

Vickie Moss
I think the future of newspapers is uncertain. With the Internet and TV, newspapers are becoming obsolete. It’s a limited selling area because people don’t have time to sit down and read the paper anymore.

Joshua Collins
I think with the progress of technology, newspapers are going to be obsolete. They may start charging to get them online, but right now you can get it e-mailed to you for free.

The first newspaperThe Pennsylvania Evening Post, the first American daily newspaper, was published in Philadelphia May 30, 1783. After opening his own publishing shop in 1774, Benjamin Towne attempted to break into the crowded Philadelphia newspaper market the following year. To beat the five other weekly papers, he published the Post on a tri-weekly basis. The paper quickly became a leading voice for the patriot cause, but Towne switched to the Tory side when the British occupied the city. The move paid off when, after the British evacuated, Towne became the sole printer left in the city and secured contracts from the Continental Congress and the state government.Source:

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