It’s no secret that newspapers and magazine publishers have suffered steep declines in print circulation over the last decade, and that trend is just going to continue, according to a survey of 1,134 U.S. adults conducted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in the first quarter of the year.
The findings, summarized in RJI’s “2013 Q1 Research Report,” revealed that 12.7% of print subscribers plan to cancel their subscriptions in 2013. The percentage was highest among print subscribers ages 15-34, with 19% saying they plan to cancel -- but even among subscribers 65+ the proportion was 10.5%.
People are not getting what they want from their newspapers any longer. The writing is shabby; the stories are trite; few papers include links to additional information inside the web. I'll probably be dropping my local newspaper soon. Whenever I see a story written by a local writer, starting with "(name) never thought that she would ever (something done), but after (teasing filler), that's exactly what she did," I grumble to myself about the reporter wasting my reading time. Soft ledes. Keep them in magazines, or use them sparingly.