Editors more optimistic on newspapers’ future

  • Many predict all papers will become freesheets
  • Fears that ambition won’t be backed by investment

Their sales are falling, freesheets are flooding the market and more readers are going online for their news, but newspaper editors around the world remain overwhelmingly optimistic.In one of the largest surveys of the worldwide news industry, 85% of editors said they were optimistic about their newspaper’s future. At the same time, a rising number predict that print and online news will both be free in the future.Editors also see the web as becoming the dominant news source in 10 years and many believe journalists will need to be trained in a host of new skills to adapt, according to the second Newsroom Barometer, compiled by the World Editors Forum and backed by Reuters.

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