Is the future of print online?

In the latest in a series of related announcements daily newspapers will become a thing of the past in 4 Michigan markets with issues being printed only three days a week in Flint, Saginaw and Bay City, and twice weekly in Ann Arbor. News of the closure of the 174-year-old Ann Arbor News in late July, with a primarily web-based news operation AnnArbor.com taking its place is indicative of the clear decline in traditional print media, the increasing fragmentation of media in general and arguably the rise of the citizen reporter.

This news follows the announcement here in the UK that the Daily Mail and General Trust is cutting 1,000 regional newspaper jobs due to a substantial decline in advertising revenues.

Not all publishers regard the growth of digital as a threat however, with the Financial Times clearly embracing the medium, apparent in a document recently leaked flagging their strategy positioning online at the heart of their distribution efforts.

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