There is a great uproar in the media that newspapers are dying. Who would like to read newspapers today? May be some old people of previous generations because of their newspaper reading habit? In my opinion, print media such as newspapers, do have power over the modern people.
The dwindling number of newspapers
It is a fact that the number of newspaper circulation might have decreased. The advance of digital communication, coupled with the glitter and glamour of electronic media, people may prefer to read news through the Internet. Electronic journalism may seem to overtake the print media. But thissea of change is limited just to the mushrooming of new websites that attract the people in novel ways. The dwindling of the number of subscription may be a challenge to the print media. Yet, we can find that the leading newspapers survive in the word, even better than the past, by adapting the changes necessary to meet the situations and the trends of modern lifestyle. In India, I find more people are reading printed newspapers than the e-papers, because of the attractive schemes that they offer every now and then.
Flourishing local newspapers
It is great news that the local newspapers are flourishing well without any reduction in their circulation. People want to be well of the local news of which people canbe aware of every time. Community papers and news-bulletins are finding a good source of spreading news. They have zero reduction in circulation and readership. Even during these busy days, people are anxious to look at such newspapers. They contribute much to the augmentation of solidarity, fostering of creative awareness and promotion of values. An audit report published in our local newspaper “Stow Sentry” says that 95% of the households get the newspapers and read them.
Newspapers through websites are also updated daily and have more readerships. They offer all the current, relevant and local news which are also liked by many of the people. Print media provides more freedom for reading.
Newspapers will survive
Although electronic media and Internet usage may seem o gobble up the print media or the Newspapers, which have been surviving for hundreds of years, time will bring them back with new dimensions and new avatars. Compared to electronic media, it is a well-known fact that the print media is the information bank of the common man, at least in developing countries such as China and India.