Last of the Independent
The Independent, together with its Sunday sibling, has ceased print production and is henceforth only to be available through its website. This could simply be the way of modern media, given that many of us now read our news through smartphones and tablets – thus saving on the cover price of the printed edition and ensuring that the news is up to date.
It takes a certain amount of money to keep a newspaper in print – as the Independent’s owners have discovered – but that investment grounds the paper and without it the Independent risks losing the gravitas that sets a broadsheet newspaper apart from other media. So we could also see this as a large scale experiment on the links between printed and online editions. Of course it would be better if the Independent had a decent website, one that wasn’t obscured by advertising.