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Will newspapers survive in the Internet epoch? If yes what the secrets of staying the course, the secrets of surviving?

It's no surpise that Internet has become the main information source for people, for us! It wipes out the newspapers gradually. That's the fact. We have all those gadgets that we take everywhere and there is nothing quicker than clicking and seeing all the world news in Internet. The question is WILL NEWSPAPERS SURVIVE AND REMAIN IN THE ERA OF INTERNET AND IF YES WHAT KIND OF NEWSPAPERS? What do you think?

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      May 21 2011: Thank you first of all for such a detailed response.
      Yes, I am thinking about the paper. I see a big advantage in it - the safety of trees. I think that we can do without paper newspapers. As to information of favourite newspapers that people trust - those newspapers have their websites. Why pay for papers when we can read and watch it for free in Internet? - that's how many people think...
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          May 21 2011: Journalism is in TV news as well, thus it has where to go!
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      May 22 2011: I agree that the term newspaper could survive the actual product. As far as the radio, the digital age will kill it, at least the fm version when the bandwidth is needed for other things. Just as they have made broadcast t.v. digital and auctioned of the analog bandwidth here in the States. With the coming digital age journalism will change. There is likely to be a trend away from written articles. Written communication is so time consuming, we have now ways to communicate through visual/audio communication which many see as a less taxing way to receive information. I'm not saying that writing will become obsolete, just that there will be less of it as time goes by.
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    May 21 2011: No, they won't. They are already struggling. What will all of the people involved in the newspaper and magazine industry do when it's all over? As far as books, I still prefer the hard copy than to read them online, it's just not the same. My in-laws still receive 2 different newspapers a day, even though they have Internet.
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      May 21 2011: As to me I also prefer reading real books - I can't imagine how it is to feel what you are reading through the monitor or some other electronic device. I suppose there should be things that are original to us - that's there salt! But books and newspapers are two different things to me. I can never imagine that books will not be published one day but I can easily imagine that newspapers will.
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          May 21 2011: I guess they've contributed. People who want to use e-readers as a new device will make an attempt to read and maybe like it) And if all goes - they will read "real" books) I am an optimist!
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      May 22 2011: Books are also on the outs, but it will take quite a bit longer before they are gone. It won't make any sense to print them in years to come. Eventually all printed media will be for hobbyists. This will probably be a good ways away but it is a coming day.
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    May 22 2011: Eventually they will fade way. This process may be prolonged by consolidating the industry but it will inevitably be consumed by the new ways.
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    May 21 2011: I'm pretty sure standard paper newspapers will be all but phased out within the next two generations.

    Perhaps we'll see animated newspapers, though I find that unlikely. I mean it's a cool gimmick and it is quite feasible but I just don't see the demand. Online news > other sources.
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    May 21 2011: My vote: Newspapers do not survive. Heck, what about magazines?
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      May 21 2011: Lynn, I totally agree with you. Who buys newspapers? Those who do not have link with Internet or simply do not know how to use it. That's my Mum by the way :) It means that newspapers will live as long as the generation of those people who still finds them the source of info.
      What should newspapers and editors do in order to stay the course?
      p.s. Magazines are forever, especially about fashion. Because magazines are very close to photography. The latter is VERY popular today and always.