Despite early fears in the newspaper industry, neither radio nor television ever broke this monopoly. You’d quickly realize why, if you ever held in your hands the script for a half-hour news broadcast. It’s a handful of pages, double-spaced.
Yes, TV news can “break the story,” requiring sports editors in the next day’s daily to craft “second-day ledes” for readers who heard the score last night. But since most TV newscasts amount to “rip and read” of either the local newspaper or the AP wire (which is nothing but a compilation of stories from major Metro dailies, condensed), TV news in an unexpected way became a PROMOTION for your local daily newspaper. The neatly coiffed newsreaders said, in effect, “If you want more details, analysis, or commentary, check your morning paper.”
TV rarely challenged any established assumptions about “what was news.”
But the Internet does.
The collapse of the business model for your granddad’s newspaper has been well-reported as an ECONOMIC story, in part because it’s so hard to miss. Around the country in the past decade, daily papers have down-sized, merged, or folded.