What the Pandemic Means for Publishers

Experts and analysts on the rocky road ahead for an already-ailing industry 


The global pandemic has been devastating for nearly every industry, but especially for print and digital publishers.

Having spent the years since the Great Recession refining what they hoped would be a sustainable business model—from erecting paywalls to diversifying into offerings like branded events—they’re now facing yet another serious threat to their existence. And the most vulnerable among them might not survive.

“The media business is very much like the human population,” notes Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review.

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