23 October 2012 / by Radmila Gurkova
This is the News...
NEWSWEEK TO END ITS PRINT EDITION
Rising costs of publishing and a fall in the number of advertisers willing to buy space in newspapers and magazines mean a move to a digital version. The number of subscribers has also HALVED from its 2001 HEYDAY of over 3 million to 1.5 million today.
The transition has been IN THE WORKS for a number of years. In 2010 Newsweek MERGED with the Internet news site ''The Daily Beast'' which has over 15 million visitors a month. The switch to an online-only format is expected to revive Newsweek's fortunes. It was in serious trouble in 2010 when its REVENUE dropped nearly 40 per cent in two years. It was SADDLED WITH DEBT and its owner, The Washington Post Company, sold the company for just $1.00.
-What do you think of Newsweek's decision?
- Is there any need for news magazines in today's digital age?
-Are newspapers already out of date by the time they are published?
-What advantages does print have over the Internet?
-Is it better to subscribe to magazines or surf the Internet for free?
- Is news reporting in your country of a high quality and very objective?
- Why do so many newspapers and news channels report on bad news so often?
-What do you think of English-language newspapers?
- How important is journalism?
-How important is freedom of the press?