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 habit 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 journalists from the print and cyber world. (An extended version of this discussion originally aired earlier today on To the Point.)
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.
Surowiecki's New Yorker article on the state of the newspaper industry
McClatchy on acquisition of Knight Ridder newspapers