Brokaw: Washington Post Print Paper 'Probably' Dead in 10 Years
When Tom Brokaw, an old-time mainstream media figure in his own right, says he thinks print newspapers wonât be around in 10 years, thatâs probably not a good sign for the industry. (Click for audio.)
The former NBC âNightly Newsâ anchor appeared at the Sixth & I Synagogue in
âI was at The Washington Post earlier today,â Brokaw said. âAnd in the lobby theyâve got a wonderful graphic describing how the printing press works and where it is âŚ 75,000 copies an hour it can turn out. Its last run is at 2:15 in the morning and [has] an automatic paper roll that comes when they run out of paper and the ink is recharge and I looked at all that and I thought â âTen years from now, will it be here?â I donât know. Probably âŚ if you would do a hardcore analysis â probably not. Itâll be probably digital 10 years from now.â
Brokaw referred to how the younger generations rely solely on digital forms media to get their information.
âYou talk to them about the tactile experience at the newspaper and they look at you, and itâs like âMan, what planet were you born on?ââ Brokaw quipped.
However, Brokaw said there will still be a demand for journalists to interpret information.
âThere will never not be a need for professional people to take complicated information, put it into a form that viewers and readers will need to know and want to understand,â he said.