I’'m finally done working on that other project I mentioned last week. Below is the first few graphs of of Part III:
While nearly two-thirds of former Los Angeles Times journalists would like to remain in the news business, more than half believe their former paper eventually will fold – and nearly as many think newspapers in general have been mortally wounded, according to a recent informal survey conducted by TheJournalismShop.
Only 16 percent expect the Times to survive, and nearly a third say they were uncertain what will happen.
“It will either become all-paid like WSJournal or be privately foundation funded,” wrote a woman who volunteered for a buyout. “Guessing.”
The poll was conducted among former Los Angeles Times staffers who are members of a support message group. Seventy-five out of 124 members responded, and only a quarter of them expected newspapers to survive the current economic crisis.
“The stack of paper that used to arrive at your front door will disappear,” wrote one laid-off female journalist. “Already it seems quaint and wasteful.”
But another woman who took a buyout said there was still sufficient demand for newspapers to continue in some form.
“I am an optimist when it comes to believing that newspapers will survive because millions of people still read and want reliable, objective news,” she wrote.