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Insights from journalists on the future of the press

1Professor of Sociology of Communication at the Faculty of Education, University of Udine, Italy.

2Researcher at the Department of Communication and Social Research, University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy.

Citation Information: Communications. Volume 36, Issue 2, Pages 123–146, ISSN (Online) 1613-4087, ISSN (Print) 0341-2059, DOI: 10.1515/comm.2011.007, May 2011

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The decline of the newspaper industry in Europe and the United States began long before the advent of the Internet. Although the Internet has accelerated this decline, it is unclear whether the future of the industry is indeed in danger. To what extent are the different electronic communications media used in the journalism sector perceived as relevant? To answer this question we carried out a survey of 239 journalists working for 40 of the most-read newspapers in their respective countries. For each outlet, a questionnaire was administered to up to 5 journalists working on the print edition, and to up to 3 journalists working on the online version. The research was conducted in 11 countries between 2005 and 2006.

Keywords:: Internet; print newspapers; future of the press; journalists' perspective; European journalists

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