And the decline hit the brakes, according to MediaFinder.com. In 2009, seventy percent more magazines shut (596). And fewer outlets abandoned print to appear solely online: 28 made the shift in 2010, down 65% from 81 titles the year before.
I see these signs as promising, despite the current controversies over content mills. On the web, quality is king. Even when media converges there – especially when it converges there, creating a huge torrent of trash – authoritative, engaging outlets should continue to thrive. Take the site Five Thirty Eight, who in 2008 outstripped the 3.4m circulation of the Houston Chronicle with just three staffers: a self-professed "Chicago-based baseball stathead, a Commerce/Bike-based poker player and a SF-based documentary filmmaker". Now it has seven contributors and posts political coverage to The New York Times...
Media. It's not dead yet.
|Dead Collector from Monty Python's "Holy Grail".|
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