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How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County

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How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County
How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County
How Print Journalism Is Surviving In San Diego County GUESTS:Dean Nelson, director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene UniversityJoseph Guerin, news editor, KPBS

From smartphones to tablets to online web browsers — your latest news story is just a click away, always accessible, and there's no telling what the future might hold.

It's a much different world than when The Daily Transcript began publishing as a San Diego business newspaper 130 years ago. It was the one of the first newspapers to publish online in Southern California, but now rising costs and an uncertain future are forcing it to close in September.

Joseph Guerin, a news editor for KPBS who spent 14 years as managing editor and editor at The Daily Transcript, said the newspaper had its focuses.

"We never pretended or thought the paper would be a general circulation paper," Guerin told KPBS Midday Edition on Monday.

Dean Nelson, director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University, said the newspaper relied heavily on advertising. The lack of enough advertising meant it was forced to close.

Nelson said the struggles The Daily Transcript faced are similar to those other newspapers have.

"It really is another indicator the problem the news media have with making any money," Nelson said. "Nobody has really figured out a business model yet. There's a great deal of confusion on what is a way to deliver verifable information, reliable informaton that will also turn a profit."