With the steep decline in newsprint production and consumption due to the pandemic, print newspapers face a future fraught with difficult challenges.
Paper is now a rare and expensive commodity.
The strong campaigns for the defense of the forest in the context of the climate change crisis, plus the progressive transformation of printed newspapers into digital ones, had been undermining their dominance as a decisive support for communication.
With the Covid pandemic, which turned the world upside down by disrupting the economy, the regular lives of citizens, air and maritime transportation and the circulation of newspapers, the paper crisis worsened even more.
Demand fell, production fell, processing industries closed mills, and hundreds of newspapers suppressed their printed editions and turned to digital communication.
This phenomenon forced the written press to accelerate its ways of reinventing itself and to consider a readjustment of the use of its spaces, betting on the quality of content and a strategy that highlights the high value of professional journalism based on truthful and proven information. , free from manipulations and falsehoods.
It is foreseeable that this trend will continue. That many important headlines go from being newspapers to another level of periodicity (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or Inter-daily) to continue serving society on paper, highly appreciated by traditional readers.
The printed newspaper will remain, for a long time, a decisive intermediary in society. Reflective, prestigious journalism, propped up as an honest interpreter of reality, has survived countless tests.
The formidable combination that now emerges from a printed-digital newspaper at the same time, opens up encouraging expectations.
- Translated from Spanish by Randy Rodriguez.