Dammit. Just when we’re talking about print being alive and well, we read that the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future has released a report that says most newspapers will be gone within five years. According to LA Weekly, the document says that only the biggest and the smallest papers will survive this ink-stained armageddon.
The USC study even identifies the four major newspapers that will survive: The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Yes, sadly, our future contains USA Today but not the Los Angeles Times or the Chicago Sun-Times. Perhaps in 2016 colorful bar graphs detailing what people eat the most during the Super Bowl (chips!) and pie charts on if people prefer unplanned travel plans (45 percent do!) are vital pieces of information.
Luckily this is just some stats, and as with most studies we have to take it with a grain of salt. We’re sure there will be more than just four major and various tiny papers around in five years, and there will be plenty of mid-range ones too. We’ll even make a chart about that prediction if you want.