The Independent: What the papers say

News that The Independent and Independent on Sunday newspapers are to go digital-only prompted comment on the future of the print media industry.

Peter Preston in The Observer (Sunday)

Is there a role for an international digital contender without the substance of print dropping on a mat? We’ll see. Amol Rajan and his new team will too. (So far most turns down that road have been forced, not chosen.) But there has long been a role for individual, independent voices bridging the gap between political trenches and searching for common ground. There are a few weeks of print life left to listen and think about what comes next. But it’s churlish, decades on, to wave the original form and idealism of The Independent goodbye without saying – in the heat of discussion and decision – that it will be missed.

Click to read 'The Independent: first victim of a confounding digital future'.

Andrew Marr in The Guardian (Saturday)

The old question – what, really, is a newspaper? – remains key. If the answer is simply a means of transmitting information, titles are merely nostalgia. No, the proper answer is that a decent newspaper is a platoon of similarly minded, but not identically minded, people who argue, debate and together fashion a view of the world that is distinctive. A newspaper, properly understood, is the space between what editors and senior correspondents think, and how that space is challenged by reporters bringing in unexpected information; and the static energy all that produces.

Click to read 'Andrew Marr: the loss of The Independent means the loss of a community'.

Editorial in The Times (Saturday)

The disappearance of the two titles from news stands was being mourned by print journalists yesterday, with many arguing that it was a poor omen for the industry in the 21st century. Their dejection is understandable, but misplaced.

Click to read 'Out of print'.

Lisa Markwell, editor of The Independent on Sunday

As this era comes to an end, however, a new one starts. The Independent, combined with The Independent on Sunday, will become Britain’s first digital-only national newspaper (if that is not an oxymoron). The owners will invest in the website to maintain the high-quality journalism that is so important. Our reporting on politics, economics, business, sport and foreign affairs, especially the Middle East, will continue to be the watchword for serious, impartial and fearless journalism.

Click to read 'Independent launches digital chapter: An era ends – a new one dawns'.

Separately, a PRWeek Twitter poll on Saturday was split on whether The Independent decision was a death knell for print newspapers.

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