What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Newspapers?

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Newspapers have a strong tradition of delivering accurate, reliable news, but they are increasingly viewed as outdated. Newspapers employ reporters who know how to uncover basic facts about important stories. Online resources, however, are increasingly filling this role.

Many people are lamenting the so-called demise of newspapers. Newspapers cost money to produce, and most are only printed once per day. As a result, they cannot deliver breaking news, and people interested in the latest stories will often turn to cable television or the Internet. Newspapers are being assaulted from multiple fronts, and many newspapers now have significantly smaller staffs as a result of lost revenue.

However, those who work for newspapers are finding work in other areas. Some are turning to cable television as 24-hour news stations have the resources needed to cover news stories. Increasingly, many audiences are turning to the Internet, which has become the primary location for finding news stories. However, there are questions about whether Internet resources can provide the same level of quality as newspapers.

Established newspapers are turning to the Internet as a means of staying afloat, but there are competing models for how they should generate revenue. While online advertising is most popular, it is unclear if it will be enough.