Two Detroit newspapers have announced that they’re ceasing home delivery. While Detroit may have an economy that’s atypically depressed, this is an important event in the long-predicted and slow death of the printed newspaper.
That announcement comes after last week’s news that the Washington Post is continuing its death spiral; an article in the Washington City paper has a copy of a potential Post plan for the future that includes the possibility of turning the paper into a non-profit funded by a trust. Incidentally, the Washington City paper has been predicting its own doom for months. The Pulitzer is now open to more online journalism than ever before. And the Washington Bureau Chief at Time has so much faith in the future of printed news that he’s going to go work for Vice President Joe Biden, who isn’t exactly the high-profile member of the new Executive Branch of government.
So what does the death spiral of the printed news media mean for the type industry? More commissions from newspapers and magazines trying to stay relevant with a fresh look? Commissions for custom typefaces designed to use with HTML or the new Flash Text engine?