News organizations — especially newspapers — are in financial trouble. And newspapers’ economic problems are addressed in several of this week’s supplementary links, such as “Who Killed the Newspaper”; “Extra, Extra: Is It the End for Newspapers?”; “Yes, the News Can Survive the Newspaper”; and John Oliver’s take on “Journalism.”
In this online discussion, we want you to:
* Explain what is causing newspapers’ financial problems.
* Discuss some of the ideas that have been floated to help news organizations survive.
* Offer your opinion on whether any of these ideas would work. What do you think news organizations should do to generate revenues? Or do you think it’s hopeless — that the news business is doomed?
* And if you think the news business is doomed, how would that impact society?
In your essay, you must cite at least three sources. Follow APA style for your citations. List your sources at the end of your essay, and use in-text citations in the body of your essay. The sources may include our textbook; academic studies you have found online; and news articles that support points you’re trying to make.
Your answer must be at least 400-500 words, not including citations. Your posting should be of high quality, both in content and style; it should have few if any typographic or mechanical errors (grammar, spelling or punctuation).
Unlike a formal research paper, it’s OK to use first person in this essay — but only in the section in which you present your personal opinion: “I believe that paywalls …”