Total paid subscriptions are starting to really fall off of a cliff for print media. This is greatly due to the Internet and the fact that they are giving their product away on the Internet. And secondarily, I don’t think the quality of most media is very good in several areas. Factual reporting, especially in science issues and on many political details seems weak in many mainstream newspapers. And, investigative journalism, for example, has seemed to be abandoned for some reason. This is just my opinion. But, the fact remains, they need to re-think their model, yesterday.
Interestingly enough, out of the top 25 newspapers, only one has seen growth in 2008-2009 – the Wall Street Journal. The one I like both in how they factually report news, have interesting commentary, and the best newspaper website, in my opinion. They are also the one I actually subscribe to.