Top 10 Reasons for the Decline of Print Journalism
The irony is that we ponder over the concern of print journalism reading an online article. A day, for most of us, takes its swing with a cup of tea and a sheet of newspaper to read. In the recent years there is a remarkable decline in print journalism and a leap in digital journalism, journalism is still available in a bit and byte mode! The reasons for this fluctuation vary over a range of issues starting with labour crisis to the easy and instant news propagated worldwide with the help of the digital world. The increase in number of news channels in televisions, inbuilt radio in mobile and means of transport was in the course of its emergence singing the dirge to the print journalism.
The readily available pieces of information through various sources have become a threat to print journalism. The cost of the newspapers has increased and most of us are relying on convenient and reasonable alternative source for knowing the day to day events and happenings. The accessibility becomes a genuine factor when one is traveling and does not have an immediate access to the print journals, newspapers and so on.
Sometimes, we hear people saying that they do not have ample time even to brush their teeth; they are so much under the pressure of the time cycle that sitting down with the print medium sounds impossible probability to them. The tendency of man becoming a cog in the machine has ruined the sound and relaxed way of life, it is now a mad goose chase where twenty fours a day seems too less a duration.
8. Mobile Radio
The radio had become an endangered species; thanks to the mobile companies that radio rose from the ashes like a phoenix and is now an inevitable part of the entertainment industry. The entertainment quotient is the conspicuous element; the reporters are paying much attention to be on the scene the time they get midst the entire musical gala, the radio is all about. The automobiles also have got the portable radio fixed. The popularity of mobile radio also shows the convenience and preference over the print medium of information.
Labour problem is in fact a major crisis since everyone is interested in new horizons of job opportunities leaving behind the conventional and tedious kind of work. Many printing presses have been shut down due to this serious problem. With the advent of technology, things seem to be under control however the crisis is not yet resolved. The distribution section is the most affected of the labour shortage.
6. Expenditure versus Income
The major source of fund for newspapers and journals is advertisement. The field of print journalism suffers loss when there is no prompt marketing. If there is a hike in the price of the paper, there is an adverse response from the public. People resorting to alternative source of journalism have resulted in an alarming setback to the print journalism industry. We have so many journalists passing out every year, some of them pursue their dream job with the menial pay they get whereas some go for higher studies and some even join for another job. This is not the case of the leading newspapers and magazines, there the scenario is different, the wheel of fortune turns positive for them.
5. Ecological Concerns
The ecological concerns are indeed apprehensions that each and every person should be thoughtful of. The paper that is been used for printing comes from the trees and in this connection, a good number of the plant vegetation is been wiped off. The environmentalists are doing their best to preserve the flora and fauna despite the corrupt practices to harm nature for personal benefits. The digitalization of the documents and tickets has helped a lot in lessening the damage done to the forests. Most of them use recycled papers for printing. The question of availability of the raw materials also acts as a catalyst to the decline of print journalism.
The concept is competing is brain raking, as there would not an iota of peace in our minds when we realize that we have to struggle a lot to come to the fore. The hardship one bears to be on the forefront is nothing compared to the toils and hassles one has to undergo to maintain that state of existence. Rumours are that the leading companies, in order to maintain competition, support each other on economic grounds. From a general view, competition would encourage in improvement, but that is not what is happening to the arena of print journalism. Extreme sensitization of controversial contents and misleading or twisting the truth content for the sake of corrupt bureaucrats, politicians and corporate are the end results of these contests.
The young generation or the new generation as it is called, is more into entertaining themselves. Among older generation, a tall story is popular that till the age of 12, children watch cartoons, after twelve the ‘toon’ is shed off and teens are into news about car race and “car-associated things”, then comes mobiles, parties, career choices, marriage and what not, people who manage to get a job do not enter politics (!) and those who are not by an age, definitely do and the people who are nagged by their partners end up reading news journals!!! Leaving behind these stories, readership matters a lot, people have been fed up with make-believe storylines, political feuds; the journals and papers have more Page 3 drama and advertisements than less sensitized and original news content. The young generation is interested in being updated with the current affairs through twitter, online news channels etc,.
“What is the latest news in Asia?” Well, that was not a question or rhetoric, rather a Google entry! This is the present situation of the world; whoever has access to internet relies on it for everything. One can be playing games on Facebook and still know what is happening in the city at that particular time. The instant news and the various online source to verify it acts as advantage over print journalism. The work involved in making reports is almost the same, the difference comes in the time taken for rendering the same.
1.Emergence of Digital Journalism
Digital journalism changed the fate of print journalism being more instant and reader friendly. Readers can express their response to the various occurrences through twitter, facebook, and the online news websites and so on. The active participation by the populace has both advantages and disadvantages. There are many fake and malicious websites that circulate false and contagious stories across the web to mislead people. If such websites are taken under control by the concerned authorities, the web space actually helps in bringing the worldwide thought lines together. The government also gets a feedback immediately of the new reforms and thus the ideals of democracy gets off the print and comes into action. Digital journalism is economic for the owners and readers on one hand. When we grow old and tend to lose our vision partially, we shall be avoiding internet and resort to print data blaming the tech-savvies who would not bother to buy newspapers and magazines enough to wrap things up!!