USC Annenberg Predicts Death of the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper, and Others, By 2016 – But “Big Four” Survive

Via Ron Russell’s newsblog, SFBayAreaObserver, comes this from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.

Ouch:

“5. Most print newspapers will be gone in five years.

“Circulation of print newspapers continues to plummet, and we believe that the only print newspapers that will survive will be at the extremes of the medium – the largest and the smallest,” said Cole. It’s likely that only four major daily newspapers will continue in print form: The New York Times, USA Today, theWashington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.  At the other extreme, local weekly newspapers may still survive.

“The impending death of the American print newspaper continues to raise many questions,” Cole said. “Will media organizations survive and thrive when they move exclusively to online availability?  How will the changing delivery of content affect the quality and depth of journalism?”

But we’ll always have the SFGate, so there’s that.

Bye-bye empire, empire bye-bye:

Courage.

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One Response to “USC Annenberg Predicts Death of the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper, and Others, By 2016 – But “Big Four” Survive”

  1. Reza says:

    This raises a real question. I agree that most traditional daily print media will be gone in the near future, at least as we have all known it. Question is why it is taking so long? The editorial quality of the Chronicle is deteriorating as fast as the eye can see, so why not just shut it down rather than continue to lose money until there is no more. The value, if any, has got to be rapidly diminishing.

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