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So I received the following message from a friend;newspaper

I was really disappointed, yet not at all surprised, yesterday when I heard that The East Valley Tribune would finally be closing it’s doors after 118 years of publication. Was the economy to blame? Bad management? Probably a combination of both. Not the mention the refusal and subsequent floundering that newspapers have been experiencing when it comes to embracing the changes that technology and the internet have brought upon the industry. Sadly though, with it goes all the talented reporters, photographers, columnists and editors who make a difference and an impact on their surrounding community.

So I worked there during college and after college. It is the place where I really got my feet wet in how the industry works. It was my first “career” job or job that related to what I was getting my degree in. Oprah even did a show on Tuesday about her first job as a news anchor in Nashville, TN. So it saddens me to see the Trib go away permanently. Plus I think it a is a great loss to the community to only have ONE newspaper.

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery. ~Harold Wilson

I know at the beginning of 2009 they went through a restructuring in an effort to keep the wheels turning.But it appears it was not enough and the inevitable has come to pass. I contribute its loss to many reasons ; the ever-changing behavior of consumers, the evolution of technology, the instantaneous on the web, and the Trib’s inability to change with the times. But everyone has their own opinion on the current state of newspapers came to be from Clay Shirky to TechCrunch to the Digital Journalist and every blogger in between.

Brian Solis wrote on his blog the fate of newspapers, and journalism, is tied to the publisher’s adeptness and mastery to reinvent the model for the creation, distribution, and promotion of information as it identifies and connects to the shift in social consumption. And the Awl takes a very interesting graphic look at newspaper circulation from 1995 through 2010. But Howard Owen takes a historical look at how events affecting our lives have slowly contributed to the decline of newspapers.

Becker and Posner have a very insightful view of the social impact of the final act of newspapers. They admit more or less the newspaper industry is doomed and will be one of those things you say, I remember when gas was $1.99 and we still had newspapers delivered to the front door. But its decline is a good thing, because populations of undemocratic countries now have much greater access to what is happening in the world than they had in the past due to blogs, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and citizen journalist. And is Paul Gillin‘s, the Newpaper Death Watch chronicles the demise of newspapers and the rebirth of journalism built upon aggregation and reader-generated content.

He summed up the process best, “the new journalism will be better in many ways than what preceded it. It’s just that getting there is going to hurt a lot.”


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