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Are newspapers dying?

Original post made by Danny, Crescent Park, on May 18, 2007

A story on Palo Alto Online today talks about the future of newspapers (Web Link). I'll admit that with the advent of the Internet and quality news programming on channels such as CNN, I rarely use the newspaper as an actual source of news these days (especially international news). I DO enjoy reading the paper though for in-depth stories about local issues, sports, etc.

Do most of you still read the newspaper? I'm curious if newspapers really are going the way of the dodo, and what that might mean for the future of the news media in general.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Mountain View
on May 18, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Newspapers will not die out. We are a society of people who like tangible things. As great as the internet it, we still like to see and hold a newspaper every once in a while.

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Posted by Brit
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 18, 2007 at 5:00 pm

With?out newspapers what would we wrap our fish 'n' chips in?

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Posted by Rodham
a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2007 at 2:04 am

I was digging through some junk in my garage the other day and found a Weekly from 1995. It was 140 pages and included a lot of inserts. Compare that to today's Weekly. Probably some of that is due to competition from the Palo Alto Daily. But when was the last time you picked up a Weekly, as opposed to going online and looking up something? That's the point. The Weekly has put all of its copy online, making its print edition obsolete. So why would anybody advertise in the print edition of the Weekly?

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Posted by Grandma
a resident of another community
on May 19, 2007 at 7:43 am

The answer is "yes" newspapers are slowly dying. I read newspapers but my children and grandchildren do not, they get all their news on line. As for the Weekly, it will continue sustained by all the advertising done by the real estate industry.

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Posted by Skyler
a resident of Downtown North
on May 25, 2007 at 3:23 am

I wouldn't know about the printed Weekly in that we throw it out when it arrives in the mail (I look at the online version). But I do pick up the Daily for some reason and find I spend too much time reading it -- maybe its the Sudoko?

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