Friday, March 26, 2010

2009: Worst year for newspapers ever

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 2:02 PM

A recently released report by the Newspaper Association of America confirms what everybody could see: 2009 was not a great year for daily newspapers. Here's the New York Times:

Advertising revenue fell 27.2 percent, or more than $10 billion, from 2008 — which was, at the time, the industry’s worst year since the Depression. From its peak in 2005, newspaper ad revenue dropped 44.2 percent, from more than $49.4 billion to less than $27.6 billion last year. The last time advertisers spent less on newspapers was in 1986.

Even better news, it appears that robots are coming for us:

Researchers at the Intelligent Systems Informatics Lab (ISI) at Tokyo University have developed a journalist robot that can autonomously explore its environment and report what it finds. The robot detects changes in its surroundings, decides if they are relevant, and then takes pictures with its on board camera. It can query nearby people for information, and it uses internet searches to further round out its understanding. If something appears newsworthy, the robot will even write a short article and publish it to the web.

Great. Can this be far behind?

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