Demise of print newspapers may have far-reaching consequences.
Decline is even more dramatic in places where they are are needed most, the villages, towns and smaller cities across the America & Europe where print newspapers have long been a key link to the community.
In the short four-year period between 2012 and 2016, the number of daily newspapers in the United States fell from 1,425 in 2012 to 1,286 in 2016.
Newspapers feeling the financial strain have already made deep cuts where it is easiest, in newsroom reporters and editors. Declining readership and advertising sales, employment of news personnel since 2007, a time when smartphones and social media burst onto the scene, dropped by nearly half: 74,000 to 39,000.
Many media analysts believe it won’t be long before print newspapers disappear. If it happens, they in large part will be devoured by a voracious horde of online and social media, many of which have little respect for the notion that the first function of news reporting is to present good, honest, factual and relevant information about the community it serves.