Accuracy in Media

New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson still thinks that print newspapers have a future.

Speaking at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference, Abramson told the audience that there’s a large demand for both the print and digital versions of  the Times:

I know that no one can predict that there will always be a robust appetite for both of these things, but for the foreseeable future, I just think I’m going to be putting out the best news report in journalism that will be both in newspaper form and all kinds of digital forms.

That may be wishful thinking, at least for the print side of the paper. While digital subscriptions have grown, as more people switch to reading the newspaper on their computers, tablets, e-readers and phones, print circulation continues to dwindle.

In the latest six-month period ending on September 30, average weekday print circulation fell nearly seven percent to 717,000, which is down nearly 25 percent from April 2010 when the average circulation topped 950,000.

Abramson is putting on a good face about the future of the Times in print, but even she must realize that she is fighting a losing battle, and that the future of journalism and The New York Times doesn’t lie in the printed page





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