After teaching, columnist can imagine a world without newspapers

Ted Diadiun, a columnist with The (Cleveland, Ohio) Plain Dealer, spent the semester teaching a graduate course in journalism at Kent State University. Now, he writes, he has a better understanding of where young people get their news and where they don't.

The burgeoning cataclysm in the newspaper business is not exactly stop-the-presses news (Presses? What are presses?). But until very recently, when people would ask me what I think about the future of newspapers, I would always say that things will be different, but I couldn't imagine a world without them.

After spending considerable time hanging around a college campus during the semester just past, I have learned to imagine one.

And the students I encountered are already living one. Newspapers are simply not part of their experience.


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