I’m always afraid when I think about the future of newspapers. Since the emergence of online journalism, things have been rough for newspapers. Online journalism seems to have taken over without any intention, really. People have changed over the decades, technology has changed, therefore our news sources have change. So I was surprised to find anything optimistic about the state of the news media.
I’m not going to lie, but I struggled to find anything majorly positive. I was looking for something that allowed me to hang on to the idea of newspapers. I’ve come to accept that they won’t be around for very long – why else would I decide to take my first paid journalism internship with a newspaper in another city? But this website talked a bit about hyper-local news and its place in news media. And I do find that very surprising. When I find myself in a newsroom – on the odd occasion – international news is very important – Japan and Libya more recently. To me, hyper-local news always seemed lost. Regular news programs didn’t have the room in the line-up. But I think the idea might be that newspapers – and online journalism – will always have room for that super local news.
And that’s something to look forward to.