OPINION: Print journalism is anything but dead

Eric Miller | Staff Writer


Print media is dead–the internet has taken over. But if you read the responses to former Cincinnati Enquirer writer Mike Dyer’s farewell tweet, that’s not the conclusion you would have reached.

One of the most revered sports journalists in the city, Dyer announced last month he had been let go from his position at the Enquirer. Followed by nearly anyone who had anything to do with high school sports in Cincinnati, Dyer created a rabid following who hung on to his word about the state of Cincinnati high school sports. When Dyer announced via Twitter he would no longer be writing for the Enquirer, a string of tweets ensued that would have been hard to predict.Everyone from Moeller basketball, to Lakota West girls basketball, to Mason football had a reason to thank the beloved sportswriter for something he had done for them and their school. The same process ensued when Dyer announced he had been hired by WCPO. Twitter was again filled with congratulations for a print journalist.

The Cincinnati sports community is one normally divided by public and private or basketball and baseball but, for this one instance, everyone in the Cincinnati high school sports community came together to express their thanks. Not for a holiday, not for a state championship, but instead for a print journalist. A writer who supposedly worked in a dying industry to which no one paid attention, was showered with love from an internet community that is usually as divided as they come.

Print journalism is not dying. Mike Dyer is proof. There will always be people that will read the in-depth high school basketball previews that could not be put together on Twitter, but instead were printed by a newspaper. There will always be people who will look for the feature story on the next great athlete who will make it to the big time. Print journalism is not dead, until we stop reading.