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Most printed newspapers will be gone in five years, says USC report



Most printed newspapers in the United States will last only another five years, says a new report from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, reported LA Weekly.

Released Wednesday, Dec. 14, the report, "Is America at a Digital Turning Point?," looks at 10 years worth of studies from the Center for the Digital Future.

According to the report, only the very largest and very smallest newspapers stand a chance: "It’s likely that only four major daily newspapers will continue in print form: The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. At the other extreme, local weekly newspapers may still survive."

In response, journalism and media blogger John Robinson wrote, "Wanna bet?," calculating that printed newspapers have "another 10 years, at least."

Other findings from the report include the lack of credibility in social media content, and the impending replacement of the PC by the tablet computer within three years.

“At one extreme, we see users with the ability to have constant social connection, unlimited access to information, and unprecedented buying power. At the other extreme, we find extraordinary demands on our time, major concerns about privacy and vital questions about the proliferation of technology – including a range of issues that didn’t exist 10 years ago," said Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future, according to the center's website. “We believe that America is at a major digital turning point. Simply, we find tremendous benefits in online technology, but we also pay a personal price for those benefits. The question is: how high a price are we willing to pay?”


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» Knight Center (U.S. newspapers and mobile technology: Avoiding the mistakes of the past)
» Knight Center (Sixty years of declining circulation suggests newspapers will perish, says report)

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