Philadelphia Newspapers Continue to StrugglePosted: February 22, 2012
Not unlike many other large cities in the United States, Philadelphia Newspapers are struggling to keep their heads above water. The once praised Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News now faces trouble with investigative and broad-spanning news coverage due to trouble and forced staff-cuts. The paper had to cut its entire “world news section”, yet still attempts to cover local and national news at the same level it has for many decades.
Throughout this upheaval newspapers are continuing to turn out valuable pieces of journalism. “Like unwanted orphans, the papers have been shuttled from foster parent to foster parent over the past six years”. As national newspapers continue to be nixed and owned by fewer and fewer broad-handed firms, the future of meaningful journalism appears grim.
Although the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News has continued to receive praise for turning out purposeful pieces, they still face a new set of problems with each coming month.
It persists that Philadelphia is a city stricken by crime, troubled school systems, and political corruption. It is most important that responsible local journalism persists and that problems are exposed.
The issue of newspapers constantly decreasing in number and in number of news stories poses a great public affairs issue for the dwindling number of readers who strive to be well-informed. Newspapers are typically a form of readership that can be relied on as a constant, reliable, news source. One of many examples is the world news section cut of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Many local citizens who may have skimmed that section before, may not seek international news from other sources. Many citizens will no longer be informed on such crucial information.
If the most reliable form of local journalism, newspapers, is eventually eliminated due to a lack of funding, how will the field of journalism change? To challenge your thinking, do you think that newspapers will eventually become dead as a field, and what will replace them? OR, do you think newspapers should be revived, and if so how could this be done?