Newspaper Editors Remain ‘Overwhelmingly Optimistic’, says Report

Despite falling sales, a deluge of freesheets, and more readers going online for their news, newspaper editors around the world remain “overwhelmingly optimistic”, according to a new report.

In one of the largest surveys of the worldwide news industry, 85 per cent of editors said they were optimistic about their newspaper’s future, reports The Guardian’s media website. However, a rising number predict that print and online news will both be free in the future.

Editors also see the web as becoming the dominant news source in ten years and many believe journalists will need to be trained in a host of new skills to adapt, according to the second Newsroom Barometer, compiled by the World Editors Forum and backed by Reuters.

According to the MediaGuardian reporting, of the 704 senior news executives who took part, 31 per cent