Facebook made local newspapers redundant

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

The problem with local newspapers:

John Robinson notes that his local paper is much slower than Facebook and Twitter, often reporting local stories two days after it appeared on social media. What’s the solution? Not sure there needs to be one. The news is getting where it needs to go. Maybe what’s needed is a purpose for a professional news organization.

There is no point in me buying my local newspaper. Given that the journalists actually lift stories from the local Facebook groups, it’s just a printed archive of days-old news at this point. And their website sucks.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.