2011: Most newspapers will be gone in 5 years, says USC report

Most printed newspapers in the United States will last only another five years, says a new report from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future, reported LA Weekly.

Released Wednesday, Dec. 14, the report, “Is America at a Digital Turning Point?,” looks at 10 years worth of studies from the Center for the Digital Future.

According to the report, only the very largest and very smallest newspapers stand a chance: “It’s likely that only four major daily newspapers will continue in print form: The New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. At the other extreme, local weekly newspapers may still survive.”

In response, journalism and media blogger John Robinson wrote, “Wanna bet?,” calculating that printed newspapers have “another 10 years, at least.”

Other findings from the report include the lack of credibility in social media content, and the impending replacement of the PC by the tablet computer within three years.

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