Experts: After One Company Drops AP, Texas Tech Professors Say Large Papers to Expire
or Evolve, Adapt to Hostile Business Climate
April 1, 2009
By: John Davis
Though many may die off, some metro dailies will become sleeker, more localized and
news distributors as well as producers.
Metro USA, a company with daily newspapers in New York, Boston and Philadelphia,
announced its intentions March 30 to cancel its contract with the Associated Press
effective April 1.
While many may view such actions as more evidence of the extinction of major daily
newspapers and the old world order of media, two Texas Tech University journalism
professors see it as the dawning of a media rebirth - one that will mimic the phoenix.
The economic downturn and the changing media landscape will surely have its list of
casualties, said Randy Reddick, chairman of the Department of Journalism in the College
of Mass Communications. However, smart and adaptable printed news will survive the
mass extinction to come out as a different product that evolved from today's circumstances.
Tom Johnson, the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regent's Professor of Convergent Media,
said that while metro dailies will become more hyper-local, they'll still offer national
and international news. But rather than producing those stories, they'll distribute
links to their readers.
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CONTACT: Randy Reddick, chairman, Department of Journalism, College of Mass Communications,
Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-6500 ext. 256, or firstname.lastname@example.org; Tom Johnson, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regent's Professor of Convergent Media, Department of Journalism,
College of Mass Communications,
(806) 742-3385 ext. 253, or email@example.com