Is print journalism on its death bed?


Many of you have probably heard – and were maybe disappointed – about the bookstore Borders closing recently. On the other side of town, however, Barnes and Noble remains open. One main factor for the collapse of the Borders empire is the rise of non-print book sources. While Barnes and Noble adapted to the rising market of virtual books by establishing the Nook, a digital reading device, Borders did not. Similarly, people all over the world are benefiting from online newspapers–even The Scarlette now has its own website with exclusive articles.


People across the nation are using the Internet and other devices like electronic books and cell phones more and more in place of books, magazines, and newspapers. While this causes a decrease in the number of journalism jobs available, many people benefit from being able to find news online. Aside from being easily accessible, online newspapers allow people to read news from days before, access international news, and read stories instantly without having to wait or search for the morning paper. In the process, though, newspaper and magazine businesses are hurt because of dropping subscriptions.


High schools are following the digital trend, and many of school newspapers are now online only. The Scarlette has a brand new website: However, its main purpose is to add a timeliness that the paper didn’t have before. It is also more interactive, especially with the addition of our web exclusives, our Facebook page, and Twitter feed. These web exclusives are articles, videos, and slide shows created by students on The Scarlette and Trident staff, in addition to the articles and pictures from each issue. Although we now have The Scarlette online for everyone to visit, we have no intent of getting rid of our printed newspaper. There’s something comforting about flipping through a print edition–while we intend to continue developing our digital presence as an interactive supplement, the tradition of a printed Scarlette is here to stay.

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