DawnNews’ Wired and Active show brings you this question of the week:
Are newspapers a thing of the past?
Journalism as we know it is undergoing a transition. Prestigious newspapers in the United States are losing up to US$ 1 million a week. It is estimated that in the coming year, eight of the 50 largest newspapers in the US will cease publication. Already, publications such as The Christian Science Monitor are publishing only on the web. And many news outlets are increasingly producing bite-sized news items – SMS headlines, short podcasts, two-minute videos and news feeds – to cater to the fact that most readers and viewers are now accessing the news using mobile, hand-held devices.
The shift from print to web has also sparked other changes, both good and bad, in traditional journalism. For example, internet-based softwares such as blogs force reporters and columnists to hyperlink to their sources, thereby reducing plagiarism and making journalists’ sources transparent. At the same time, numerous research studies have shown that people consume less news online: the average internet user spends 56 minutes a month on news sites (12.6 minutes a week) while the average newspaper reader spends 12.4 hours a month (2.8 hours a week) mulling over column inches.
Given the increasing ease with which people can access the internet and the present-day culture of a 24/7 media world, do you think newspapers are a thing of the past? Does the shift from print to web make news outlets better or worse? Do you prefer reading a newspaper or clicking through a website to get news and other information? Will mobile technology change our understanding of news delivery systems?
The best responses will be highlighted on this week’s episode of Wired and Active, which airs on DawnNews on Wednesday, July 1, at 8:30 p.m.