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Are newspapers becoming obsolete? Perish the thought

Original post made by dolores ciardelli, editor of Danville Express, on Feb 8, 2007

Hallelujah! Our new Web site is up. And I managed to put all of our news stories online from this week. And photos.

So what do you think is the future of newspapers? Are they really doomed? That seems to be the prediction, that in the near future we will sit at the breakfast table reading the news on our laptops. Sounds grim to me, but that's just me. I don't want to have to be too careful about spilling my coffee.

I like to remember that when television came out everyone predicted that radio would not survive. But it's doing fine, at least in our cars.

So what do you think? How do you like to receive your news?

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Posted by Teresa Brown
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2007 at 8:19 am

Hard to imagine that newspapers will completely disappear... anymore than electronics have ended the lives of books, or VCR/DVDs have ended movie theaters, or the typewriter has ended the need for pencils. Maybe you'll start delivering the DW by CD for home printing... hey...

Congrats on the redesign - it looks great!

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Posted by Ben Ho
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2007 at 10:11 am

I read national news exlusively online, and local news online more and more. I grew up reading the front page and sports of the San Jose Mercury, but I can get all that information from,, or yahoo now... It's just easier for me.

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Posted by Jordan M. Doronila
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2007 at 12:53 pm

I receive my news both tangibly in the form of magazines and newspapers, which come in tabloid or broadsheet formats, and also online.

Because of time contraints and an unwillingness to spend money on tangible publications daily, I read my news online most of the time. I sift through the following Web sites: BBC World News, NY Times online, Washingtonpost online,,,,,,, vanity, and other online sources, which contain many kinds of information.

I think it's interesting to witness the evolution of how journalism and communication is presented to the public.

-jordan, resident from another community

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 10, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Enjoyed your thoughts on the transition to the Web. Your website is very cool and professional. So if this is the future of newspaper journalism, bring it on!

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Posted by Trina Cannon
a resident of Danville
on Feb 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Hey Teresa, How about we send the DW to Kansas. We still appreciate your great comments. Trina

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