The newspaper, as we know it - the actual broadsheet or tabloid that is delivered at our doorstep or purchased at the news stand - will cease to exist within the next 34 years, assert the scholars who trace the circulation and readership statistics in the United States. The era of the printed newspaper will end in the United States by 2043. A similar timeline may hold true for all countries with high Internet penetration and declining newspaper sales. So, we will see the end of the era of the print revolution, which began with Bi Sheng or Gutenberg (depending on how you interpret history). Thus, newspaper journalism will have to pave the way for cyberspace/digital/electronic journalism.
Recommended CitationGunaratne, Shelton, Commentary: Demise of newspapers and the rise of cyberspace, Asia Pacific Media Educator, 20, 2010, 33-36.