Philadelphia Newspapers Continue to Struggle

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? 

Sources: 

http://www.philly.com/?c=r

http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=5254

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3 Comments on “Philadelphia Newspapers Continue to Struggle”

  1. sophido says:

    This topic is one that scares us journalism students. I hate to sound so pessimistic, but I do believe the future of newspapers and great journalism will become dead. Our generation is used to catching news on air or online, but hardly ever from an actual newspaper. The only reason newspapers are still able to exist is because of the loyalty of older people.

  2. bsharp18 says:

    I have been scared of where newspaper journalism is headed for a while now. Unfortunately, I do see the field of journalism closing off newspapers once and for all sooner or later. Personally I think it is very disappointing because newspaper journalism is the most reliable form of news to date. As much as I want newspapers to be revived and carried on into the future, our generation is showing interest elsewhere. Our generation for the most part is choosing to get news updates through electronic media such as the internet and even social networking like twitter. I think current society sees more value in the timeliness that electronic media sources can offer, rather than the always reliable newspaper. Our parents and grandparents generation would be appalled if they knew what the world of journalism was eventually coming to. The collaboration of many companies is also not the best idea because it is going to narrow the opinions and options of news outlets.

  3. hkreese says:

    I agree- I feel as if we all know in the back of our minds that a bitter ending is coming to the age of paper newspapers as we know them. America might maintain a few publications, but I would wager that they will be more like novelty publications, produced out of lingering nostalgia for the newspaper age rather than as a competitive news source. As a nation, we will have to adapt, and we will of course, as the demand for news never subsides. Perhaps we will make an effort to capture certain elements of newspaper style within online media, preserving some quality of the newspaper essence. Although indeed a sad thing, we must choose to see the benefits of even our grim circumstances, relating to them as more of a birth of a revolution than a death of a tradition. As news delivery integrates itself wholly into technology, printing costs and paper demand will be substantially reduced- this means benefits for the publication companies as well as the environment. As young journalists, we just have to find the silver lining of the future of our field!


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