It was just announced that The Chicago Sun-Times is filing for bankruptcy. While the paper and the smaller newspapers and web sites it owns will not shut down, this is yet another sign of the tough times for newspapers.
In fact, according to a web site called Paper Cuts, at least 120 newspapers in the United States have shut down since January 2008. More than 21,000 jobs at 67 newspapers have vaporized in that time, according to the site.
While many journalists consider this to be a time to bring in the coffin for the newspaper, I say it’s a time to doll up the newspaper and transform her for this generation. Everyone needs news, and people continue to seek out reputable news that they have found for decades through newspapers. So really, the challenge for journalists is to find a way to make online news more reputable and as respectable as reading the front page of the paper.