A Requiem for News?

Business Odyssey 006 I heard yesterday that Detroit's two largest paper are moving to 3-day per week paper format and online news format. In May, Jay Leno will move into prime time with a variety show…in part because NBC's primetime lineup isn't doing so hot. The Tribune company has filed for bankruptcy, and the NY Times has begun to borrow against it's building. It seems that there is quite a media shake-up going on right now. Is it just a cultural shift away from traditional media forms, or is it more than that? Thoughts?

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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3 thoughts on “A Requiem for News?

  1. I think it’s a bit of both. No question, electronic stuff has changed the way we do everything…including news. But, I also think the media’s bias and tone is playing a role. I think their reputation for objectivity is a thing of the past. And, if American’s want spin, there are funnier, more convenient, and even sometimes more insightful places to go. I am thankful for the media…on the whole. I do hope they keep offering new and better venues for distribution and begin to relegate editorial journalism to the editorial page.

  2. I think its definitely a cultural shift. I have never liked the large pages of the newspaper. It’s much easier to read onlne. I also don’t have to fetch it, and my lazy dogs sure won’t either. I never watch TV shows at the time they are on, because of DVR. This affects revenues from commercials.
    Even newer trends are changing, such as email. I used to spend a lot of time every night with Outlook, but now I usually read about 4 emails in Outlook. The rest I am just deleting because I have already been through them on my phone throughout the day.
    E-books are becoming more popular, but print books are still king. A sales rep last week tried to convince me to buy a $300 Sony reader. While I like it because its a gadget, I told her I prefer to have a BOOK in my hand, not a “reader”.

  3. I have a friend that writes for Newpapers and he says that the Newspaper business is really hurting. The problem is that most people can access the news on the net, so why pay the money for the paper. It is just a cultural shift. Also, on a side note, I do love reading the paper, but never have the time except on vacation. It is one of my favorite things to do.