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Chapter 3
This chapter dealt with the technological revolution that occured in the last century from printing press to radio, then from television to the internet. It is interesting to think that radio actually gained popularity when the television emerged because many people still couldn't afford televisions. From a business or economic perspective, when new innovative items are released, the older ones tend to go down in price. Taking that into consideration it is likely that when the first televisions were put on the market, the price of radios went down and they became more readily available to the masses.

One thing that I have noticed is that Seib keeps refering to news as a business. Television news is dominated by certain networks that are trying to make money. ABC, CBS, and NBC are the networks that dominate television, CNN really came about as a heavy hitter. We now have MSNBC as well. Each of these stations views their professional responsibilities very differently. I thought it was interesting to note that some of these stations felt threatened by internet news whereas other stations set up their own website and blogs to embrace rather than counter act the online movement. I agreed with the point Seib made about people liking internet news because it was easily accessible. Internet searches are used to find specific news.

Chapter 4
Seib brings up the point in this section that television will tend to embrace the arrival of the internet, but the newspaper industry is threatened by it. I can see where this might be the case since both the news media and the internet rely on printed articles/stories. Though these two areas do share that common principle, they vary in the way the articles and stories are written. In EL 236 I learned that writing for the internet is much more terse and to the point. One thing that I really took away from that class was the proper use of blurbs and teasers online. Blurbs are not just important when you are making a blog portfolio, but also when listing a group of stories on a newspaper's web site.

When dealing with online news the biggest benefit is known as timeliness. People often hold the belief that news online is more timely because it can be easily updated if a story really takes off. The only problem with this is that sometimes a story really doesn't change and there is not need to update it. This puts online news and print news in the same boat, as far as follow ups in a later edition. Also in regard to online news, sometimes there is little variation in similar stories that are on different site. The Tribune Review covered a story April 21, 2005 that was popular here at Seton Hill. The story that the Setonian covered was slightly different with a few new updates, but the story was pretty much covered by then, the date being March 16, 2006. It took almost a year for the story to re-surface and present any new information. A comprehensive list of the news sites covering this topic can be found here.

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