Long Live the Paper!

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Lately, I have been hearing rumors about the slow-coming death of the newspaper. Long gone are the sounds of the paperboy tossing the newspaper onto our front porch every morning. My parents have stopped subscribing to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. I miss waking up in the summer and reading the morning news over breakfast. Where else can you get weather, comics, sports, breaking news, and entertainment all in one package?

Oh right... the interent. It is slowly starting to replace the newspaper. Who knows if the newspaper will actually some day, come to an end, but there has definitely been a change in the way people get their news. More and more people now find it easier to check the news or weather forcast on their iphones on the way to work; flip on the tv to cnn and watch the headlines and commentary; recieve emails from newspaper or magazine websites about the latest celebrity gossip. There are so many options now, it is easy to see how the newspaper could get lost in all the technology. It seems as though print media made it through radio and mostly tv, but the internet is still a main concern. Even in the UK, journalists and writers are struggling with the competition. However, many express hope for the paper in this article from BBC News. Larry Killman, from World Association of Newspapers, noted, "I think there is no doubt that growth in electronic media is the future, but there is still a future for print."   

One reason I chose to study journalism is to have the oppurtunity to one day work for a prestigous newspaper or magazine and be able to be at major events, interviewing people and getting the inside scoop. This is different from being a tv news anchor or internet archivist because writers can take the time to think before they speak (or write). In the case of Jay Mariotti, his two co-workers helped to remind him that 'newspapers are not dead' and that by quitting to go to something better like the Web, he was not really getting ahead. There are still oppurtinities out there with newspaper. It's sad that not many people can recognize the need for a variety of news media. Just getting the news from Fox or scanning a headline on an advertisement online can sometimes be biased. Not that the newspaper is never biased but less so than what can be found on the internet.

There are differences in the style of internet writing vs. newspaper writing. Anything can be posted on the web. It is not always accurate information. There is nothing against getting your news offline. However, the people that do want the news from the web probably go to internet newspaper sites because they know newspaper writing can be trusted. Newspaper articles contain more fact and less emotion/opinion. I found several sites that provides tips on both internet writing and newspaper writing.

I did a little comparing of the writing styles on the same story. Since the Palin Email Hacker story has been widely talked about, there were a lot of options when I searched that topic in google. Here is the web version story on the topic > "Note: If You Are Looking for the Hacked Email Story, Go Here." I noted that they use words such as, apparently, I think, I didn't believe it..but, and according to.

Now, here is a similar story from the NY Times official site > Palin's Email Account Hacked. They use words such as, in fact, reported, and obtained. These words sound more certain than a nonprofessional journalist posting their possible hear-say "facts".

So the fact is that internet is taking over but the newspaper is here to stay. Don't let the rumors of Web lovers bring down the morning coffee paper readers. The fact that we do have many option of obtaining news is a great thing. It is just important to keep an eye on the credibility of the source. We also shouldn't undermine the hard work and intelligence that goes into newspaper writing, simply because technology always seems to trump the past. The good news is that there will still be jobs available for us journalists! It just depends on your preference of style and news.

Words on the Web 


Dave said:

I definately agree that newspapers aren't going anywhere. If they were, they'd already be gone. While they all have added an online version, its still, for the most part, the same content that appears in the print version. While newspapers may lose revenue from subscribtions, they definately gain advertising revenue from the online version.

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