Mark I Pinsky, a former reporter on US paper the Orlando Sentinel, analyses why the US newspaper industry is in such parlous states in the Guardian.
There’s also a problem we cannot control. Journalism’s statesmen and academics may differ, but many reporters have concluded that the fault is neither in our stars, nor in ourselves – but in our audience. Middle-aged readers say other media now trump newspapers. But more and more, reporters mutter, Americans – especially younger people – choose apathy and superficiality, the luxury of living in a normally prosperous superpower. If they want any information, they can get it from blogs – the hobbyist, derivative haven for karaoke journalists.