The Future of Newspapers

Alina Baganova

A Comment on “The Future of Newspapers”

“Nulla nuova, buona nuova” meaning no news is good news is a famous Italian saying. It may be true in the ambience of too much news disturbing nature pouring out from all directions without cease. Yet news is crucial   for active life, it gives us the insight to the dynamics that form the environment around us, it be in local or regional or national or international level. Provided that in modern life there are many sources of news like magazines and books in print media, radio and television channels and Internet connections in electronic media, words of mouth and telephone and wireless communications etc, there is a question whether any other source could ever   come near the newspaper in importance. It was true of the past but is it true of the present and future also? Maxwell King   conceives   the destiny of the newspapers in his article “The Future of Newspapers”.
Nobody can deny the importance of print media. Newspapers have become an important accessory of the breakfast table that gives us information about the world around us. It’s obvious that they keep the people in touch with the changes taking place in the world and also helps to develop cosmopolitan outlook because by reading newspapers people no longer think of their own town or their country rather they think of the world as a whole. However, in a time when information is available to anyone at the push of a button, a turn of the dial, and now, the click of a mouse, newspapers have had to adapt in order to continue to please and inform their audiences.
The newspapers “are no longer even the primary source of raw information… but they are, and can be more than ever, the source of understanding”. There’s a strong tendency towards the thoughtful journalism, dealing with complexity, offering sophistication.   Newspapers give lots of information about various matters at various levels that are not available anywhere. Though magazines and books...