I realized after visiting the Buffalo News the other day, that they are in for a rude awakening. I do not want to see newspapers disappear all together; however if they don’t keep up with the times, they are digging their own grave.
This digital transition is new to everyone, so naturally everyone wants to be at the forefront of the switch to stay on top. The Buffalo News, however, doesn’t seem to be in the lead, second, or anywhere close to the top 10. When asked if reporters post articles from their PDAs and smartphones as a way to be the first to break news, our tour guide simply replied, “Well, not quite yet.” I’m not too sure what they’re waiting for.
Every major newspaper is currently attempting to keep their respective websites one step ahead of their paper, delivering up to the minute news, as well as producing the best paper they can. The Buffalo News seems to be putting their website on the back burner and hoping that paper sales will keep them alive.
Though it might have simply been because our classes tour was at lunch time, it appeared as though 1 News Plaza had been abandoned sometime in the 1970’s, and a few squatters stayed behind to fill up the bright orange seats under the wood paneled walls.