Traditional and online media challenges: The crisis in Thailand’s Fourth Estate
In the English-language realm, The Bangkok Post and The Nation have both been facing financial issues. In a future without these mastheads, how would anyone in the outside world have a clue about what is going on in Thailand? “Journalism today is dying because no one has really figured out to support it in a winner-take-all capitalist system,” a columnist for The Guardian in London recently observed. His own newspaper has just reformatted as a tabloid to save money. Last July, the Buenos Aires Herald, an English weekly with a remaining circulation of just 20,000, shuttered after 141 years in print. These are stories are being repeated all over the world, but Thailand seems to still be slightly behind the curve when it comes to newspapers dying. Thai magazines, however, are already vanishing at an alarming rate, including glossies and literary titles that were once household names. To stay profitable,...
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