The most popular gurus of the new age of technology have argued that the newspaper era is already ended. Probably, this issue will be discussed by teachers of journalism in the next few years. In my opinion, however, newspapers are living the last period of their lives as we know. In the future they will be another Internet product.
There are several advantages that newspapers offer in contrast with other media, but the time is giving the opportunity to the Internet and it offers better services. In my own experience, the biggest advantage that newspapers have against the other media is that they give a lot of details. They offer more information than the other traditional media but no more than the Internet. All the information can be found and linked on the Internet. In contrast, the newspapers are statics and you can´t read background information or consult special details about something that you don´t know.
Another abstract advantage that newspapers have against other media is that old people feel pleasant complacently when they read papers and they can touch it with their hands. Nevertheless, this characteristic is not shared by younger generations because they understand and use the new technology. Additionally, some people suggest that one of the most important advantages of papers is that they are portable. However, in my opinion this advantage will be disappearing in the near future when new technology will offer affordable Wi-Fi coverage every-where.
Finally, I would say that papers play an important role in the way people live but the actual format as we know will disappear and will change into something free, instantaneous and more ecologic.