How can journalism survive the decline of print and what are the dangers of a growing democratic deficit in local reporting?

Staff levels are now decreasing at local papers and print circulation and revenues are falling. It was reported that the total number of “national newspapers sold in the UK fell from an average of 7.6m a day to just over 7m between March 2014 and March 2015, a decline of 7.6%”(1).
Due to the number of people working in the industry falling, journalism is at risk of completely turning into churnalism. This is a term that was “coined by author Nick Davies to describe poor practices of modern day journalists”(2). It’s “a form of journalism in which press releases, wire stories, and other forms of pre-packages material are used to create articles”(3). The reason why churnalism is become more of a common practice for journalists, is because they now have less time and resources. Churnalism is a lazy way to find content for publications. This is quite dangerous because it could cause the press to enforce propaganda, by not investigating into matters thoroughly and holding people to account.
For print organisations to survive, they are now having to move away from print and onto other platforms. Most of the press has now moved onto digital platforms. By being online, it allows the press reach out to wider audiences.”More platforms mean better ways of connecting people with their passions”(4). It also reduces the cost of printing for publications, as there is no need for them to circulate as widely. “Declining sales do not mean the end for glossies”(5).
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