Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Why Are Newspapers Failing?

The continuing failure of newspapers nationwide raises many questions, and a very random survey at the Kingsport Times News shows some clear indications at what the public sees as problems and solutions:

Times News Poll • All Polls
The Pew research Center says one-third of survey respondents say they'd miss reading their local newspaper if it stopped publishing. What do you think?
40% - I see no value in the local news report.
31% - Something would replace it.
29% - It would seriously damage civic life.

Total Votes: 803

For more tales of the demise the newspaper business see:

- Do Newspapers Matter?

- Why Newspapers Can't Be Saved But The News Can

- Seattle Post Shuts Print Down, Goes Web-Only

- The Secret Success of Ethnic Newspapers

UPDATE: One commenter below, offers a valuable viewpoint about print and digital formats.


  1. People should be careful what they wish for.

    Combined with online, our audience has actually grown.

    As I said at my place, I'm a glass-half-full guy:

  2. i think that's also because the KNS has been working diligently at developing into more than print as other ET papers fumble along with online content.

    i sense that folks are seeking more news and info than ever thanks to new forms of delivery and content.

  3. There are larger issues behind the death of news papers.

  4. John - your recent post raises a most important issue, so I'm adding it to the links mentioned in this post.