Language Matters: The State of the News…paper

Do you pay attention to the news?

Where do you get your news information?  TV news broadcasts?  The radio?  Online?  Or maybe even a good old-fashioned newspaper?

With the rise of so many news options, especially online news that can give you up-to-date information around the clock, newspapers are a dying industry in many parts of the world.

As many nations see a dwindling newspaper industry, India's papers are healthy and growing.

In one place, though, English-language newspapers are doing very well.  One even has the highest readership of any English newspaper in the world — 7.5 million readers per issue!

Where can you find this booming newspaper industry?  India.

In India, reading the newspaper in the morning is still part of the cultural experience.  While in other parts of the world people wake up with a coffee and a laptop or tea and an iPad, this is a place where the morning routine is still chai and a newspaper.

How long will this phenomenon last?  Internet news is on the rise everywhere, and it may be only a matter of time before India’s newspapers are affected as well.  But until then, it’s good to know that the industry hasn’t completely disappeared.

What do you think?  Do you still read the newspaper?  How long do you think newspapers will be able to stay in business in our increasingly fast-paced Internet world?

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