As is often the case, decidedly not-journalist John Oliver examined a lesser-known subject in America today – just how severe is death of print journalism today, and what will be the consequences of less print and more digital?

Oliver notes that the bedrock of modern day journalism sits with print journalism, with even the most successful media outlets depending on reporting from smaller printed news nationwide. Take a look at any news story reported by your favorite outlet, and you will find at its heart, a report from someone at The Boston Globe or The Chicago Tribune.

But of course, those established print outlets are dying a slow digital death, losing viewership and sponsors left and right. Some try to make the difficult transition to online publishing, a transition that is not always a smooth one.

So what do we lose when we quit print?

Watch Last Week Tonight to find out.


Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at