John Seigenthaler asks New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson if she sees print in the future of the Times.
I think that in terms of the future — the next, let’s say, 20 years — I think that we’re going to be publishing digitally, and I think there still is going to be an audience for the print paper. I really do. We have over 800,000 home-delivery subscribers, who have taken the paper for two years or more. It’s a very loyal base of readers. The newspaper is profitable still. And that doesn’t mean that I don’t recognize the reality that our much bigger audience is a digital audience, and that is the audience where our future growth will come from, for sure.
More Abramson quotes from the Al Jazeera America interview:
– “I still get immense pleasure out of reading the print newspaper.”
– “This is the most secretive White House that, at least as a journalist, I have ever dealt with.”
– “The New York Times represents a kind of cosmopolitan outlook towards the world and to this country and this city that may strike, you know, some readers as liberal because we have, you know, paid a lot of attention to stories like gay marriage, but these are newsworthy currents in our society.”
Update: My Facebook friends/subscribers are having a lively future of print discussion.