The Demise of the Newspaper?

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With web-superpowers Yahoo and Google leading us down the information highway, the newspaper is looking more and more like a dinosaur. First-quarter earnings are in for the New York Times, Tribune and McClatchy, and the numbers are sharply down for all three. As young people turn away from the "quaint old custom" of leafing through an oversized daily, papers are rushing to build or expand their online sites. Why end up with inky hands when a click of the mouse displays all the up-to-the-minute headlines. Blogging and citizen journalism further expand this realm of new media. Is the death of the newspaper inevitable or will the industry survive by reinventing itself and adapting to the new media world? Guest host Diana Nyad assesses the state of the newspaper business with scholars, editors, and print and online journalists, including Pulitzer Prize-winner David Halberstam.

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Other websites mentioned in today's discussion:

  • Metro News
  • Examiner
  • CraigsList
  • eBay
  • Guest host Diana Nyad, 2002 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is a business sports columnist for Marketplace, senior sports correspondent for Fox News, and has hosted her own show on CNBC. She's also the author of three books.

    Presidents Bush and Hu participate in arrival ceremony

    Webb's article on dilemma that Hu visit poses for Washington

    'The State of the News Media, 2006,' Project for Excellence in Journalism report

    Surowiecki's New Yorker article on the state of the newspaper industry

    McClatchy on acquisition of Knight Ridder newspapers

    Gannett Company

    Really Simple Service (RSS)

    King Gyanendra, BBC profile of

    Sengupta's article on Nepal's deepening political crisis



    Warren Olney