Demise of old media

From an article from Bill Roth on the Virginia Tech athletics website:

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, in the past six months, circulation at The Washington Post fell 1.6 percent daily and 2.3 percent on Sundays. USA Today fell 7.4 percent. The Boston Globe plunged 13.6 percent and The Miami Herald was down 15.8 percent. That has led to dramatic revenue decreases across the board and has challenged news organizations to re-think the way they cover teams.

As someone who stopped reading newspapers about 15 years ago, I'm surprised it's taken this long. Then again, I'm also shocked that people expect me to mail stuff to them. Affixing a stamp to a letter seems so...primitive.

“You’ll see more content-sharing,” Harris predicted. “My goodness, The Washington Post took a story from The Baltimore Sun on the Kentucky Derby and those once-rival papers share baseball coverage. Instead of Richmond and Lynchburg having their own staff writers do game stories, notebooks and columns, you’ll see combined efforts where all the work appears in both papers. Is it ideal? No. But the readership overlap isn’t that high and it allows - where space is available - for extra content you used to be able to provide by sending several writers.”

Television stations around the Commonwealth share video as well. A Roanoke station might videotape part of a practice or conduct an interview, and then share the footage with stations in Richmond, Norfolk or Washington.

“Absolutely,” said Grant Kittelson, sports anchor for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke. “We’ll share our stuff with CBS affiliates in Richmond and Norfolk.”

Why does any news organization need their own stories anymore? It seems like you need a small number of people physically covering news, and the whole world can share that news under various models of dissemination.

On a related note, why does Google News give me 800 stories on a topic which say the exact same thing?

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