With the newspaper industry facing declining ad revenue and decreased circulation, and with new media increasingly dominating the news forum, print media seems to be on its last legs. This week, LedeObserver corresponded with Roy Ortega, multimedia editor for El Paso Times, about the future of traditional newspapers. Ortega writes a weekly column called Media Matters for Newspaper Tree, the Times’ online news site. Here’s what he said:
I believe most newspapers will survive but in a much lesser form. I don’t expect they will ever again be the dominant news influence in their communities. However, there will always be a need for neighborhood news. I see a return to a time when most news and information was cranked out by spirited citizens working out of their barns using available technology. The technology available today, of course, is internet-based.
Hopefully, these barns now have wi-fi.