The American newspaper industry is dying. Nearly two hundred newspapers have turned their last pages in recent years due to declining advertising and subscription revenue, and the propagation of free information on the Internet. In 2008, the 100-year-old Christian Science Monitor announced that it would cease printing daily and instead, publish its content online. In 2009, the 146-year-old Seattle Post-Intelligencer became an online-only publication.
Recently, Arthur J. Sulzberger, Jr., the chairman and publisher of The New York Times, revealed that the company will stop printing the newspaper “‘sometime in the future, date TBD.’” The demise of the newspaper institution is unsettling, not only because newspapers have played a paramount role throughout American history, but also because their decline may compromise citizens’ statutory and constitutional rights.