“Maybe the Newspapers Are Really Obsolete”… Newspaper Guild Cutting Back

If you get a chance, go check out Larry Gellers blog today on “Newspapers vs. the immediacy of the Internet

I’ve been saying for about 10 years now that newspapers are a thing of the past.

Just in the last few weeks alone we have seen many layoffs at both the Advertiser and the Big Island Stephens papers.

I highly sugges you read Larry’s blog today:

The problem with this immediacy is that you have to know how to get it. For most people, the TV or radio is still their first connection with events, followed by the details and analysis in the next day’s paper. They are not sitting at their computers or monitoring tweets on their cellphones.

Newspapers are not yet obsolete. They may not go the way of the buggy whip, though some will survive and some will not…

On another note, Ian Lind mentions how the Newspaper Guild is cutting back it’s employees:

…The 75-year-old union is already struggling for the resources it needs to operate. It may lose roughly $200,000 this year and that number may grow next year as layoffs continue–or as newspapers fold. Membership has already been impacted by the tough times. Lunzer says there were some 29,119 members from the U.S. and Canada in August, down from some 35,000 people in 1986. At least 2,000 people have disappeared from the Guild this year alone, he says…

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