It was predicted in 2012 that newspapers [print] will be extinct in nearly 20 countries around the world by 2025 – and all across the globe by 2040. What is more alarming is the same research declared that in the United States they would disappear by 2017 – just five years later, and in Canada by 2020.
The forecasted death sentences for Canadian and American newspapers were off the mark, but sadly the numbers are declining. It’s a given that I pay attention to all the speculation around the future of newspapers. To be more specific, the fate of local, independent, journalism. I keep an eye on the big guys, you know the ones who eat up us little guys. There is a lot of pessimism around the subject.