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Resilient DNA: Whether Print or Digital, Newspapers Still Dominate

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Resilient DNA: Whether Print or Digital, Newspapers Still Dominate

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THE OCCUPY WALL STREET demonstration in New York's Zuccotti Park is a microcosm of how a modern day protest is engineered--digital media firepower, crudely painted signs, and deployment of a newspaper for hand-to-hand combat. The Occupied Wall Street Journal, supported solely through donations and printed in a secret NYC location, is a well-crafted, four-color broadsheet offering insightful articles and practical information on how to get involved in the revolution. It is an inspiring example of the power of the press and the imperishable relevance of a newspaper.

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"Forgive an old newspaper hack a moment of sentimentality, but it is somehow reassuring that a newspaper still has traction in an environment preoccupied by social media. It makes sense when you think about it: Newspapers convey a sense of place, of actually being there, that digital media can't. When is the last time somebody handed you a website," wrote David Carr of The New York Times.

Whether print or digital, newspapers continue to defy naysayers and revamp, rework, and reinvent, maintaining their role as the most credible source for news.

The Pew Research Center for Excellence in Journalism's recent study fleshed out two significant findings:

Nearly seven in 10 respondents to its national survey of more than 2,000 Americans said the absence of their local newspaper would not have a big impact on their ability to keep up with information about their community--a humbling conclusion, but . …

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