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The Rise and Fall of the Newspaper. - Digital -VS- "Traditional" News Media.
Posted 8/13/07
News companies are (or have been) scrambling to become forces in web-news services. With this the traditional, paper, newspaper is said to be dying out. Sales are down and ever more people are using the internet as a source of news.

This thread is your chance to;

=> Discuss the merits of digital vs. "traditional" media for news reporting.

=> Say which newspapers, or news-sites / blogs you read / view regularly.

=> Suggest ways in which the newspaper industry can save itself.

=> Discuss the potential and "legitimacy" of "user-generated-content" for the purpose of news reporting.

=> Consider the way in which we are being swamped with information and news due to modern media.
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Posted 8/13/07
I'm actually a newspaper reader.... Believe it or not..
I don't read it regularly, most of the time it just depresses me.
I do also find news on the web, breaking news most of the time.
I also am subscribed to a breaking news alert for my phone, so if breaking news happens (ie WWIII starts) i would know.

I think that the ease in which Digital news is appearing, and now that almost everyone has a freaking IPOD (i don't, can you tell?) The delivery of the news is much easier, However less and less people are reading it or watching it.
Which unfortunately is leading to the decline of intelligent descisions being made by voters.
(i'm talking the US here)
Kids are not shown nor taught to pay much attention to the world outside of the US. Which is very sad IMO.

I don't think the newspaper "industry" should try to "save" themselves, they need to adapt to growing society.
Daily news reporting on a website. That people can have bookmarked, however this does not address how they pay thier staff.
So i do see the newspaper going the way of the lemming.
Which is just another sign that times are changing.

However there is a problem with digital newscasts, or reports.
I'm sure most of us remember the report awhile ago where the picture was photoshopped (poorly i might hadd) to create more of an emotional stir in the public in sympathy for the Iraq war.
The changes that can be made to digital images or the speed in which lies can be spread via the internet, is astounding. How fast did Paris Hilton become famous after she made a sex tape and it got leaked to the internet?

Swamped? I wouldn't say that.
I think you have to look at it to be "swamped" by it.

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Posted 8/13/07
I'll read the newspaper whenever present. I get the Los Angeles times delivered on the weekends. And while my mom browse the sales ads, I read the frontpage... and do the sudoku.

But majority of the time I don't have time to read the newspaper so I just browse the headlines of Yahoo.com and if there is anything interesting I'll continue to read from there. The AP is a good source of online news for your basic information.
Posted 8/13/07
I'll browse through the news several times a day, both on the internet and offline. I usually trust printed newspapers more than random news websites. Also depends on the reputation of the paper, but newspapers tend to have more indepth articles on a subject than you would find on the internet. Im basing this on the bbc website, reuters and cnn. Also a few other european news sites in a few different languages compared to the newspaper i get delivered to my house. If you want an indepth story I think its best to look at printed papers, but for a quick overview of whats going on, the internets good.

About how the newspapers can 'save' themselves. They do have to adapt to the internet and find a way that will make customers want to pay for it, but I dont think the printed version is going to disappear any time soon. Its not like everyone has a laptop with them on the train on the way to school or work.
Posted 8/13/07
all web, only time i buy a news paper is because I feel bad
for those guys selling it on teh street.

but all digital mate, digital.
Posted 8/13/07
Ooh good question.

I'm one of those people who watch the news like a hawk to try and keep up to date with current affairs (but I never am) and also to keep up to speed with debates/conversations (which I never understand).

Newspaper wise I buy the Sunday Times every...well...Sunday surprisingly. Weekdays I'll pick amongst Herald, Guardian, Independent and sometimes FT.

But I'm a whore when it comes to subscribing to current affairs magazines.
The Economist (my favourite ^^)
NewStatesman
NewScientist
National Geographic
Time
Newsweek etc.

I'll also search for news online. I like reading editorials and the opinion section so I tend to search for websites where people discuss issues and news.

As much as I love newspapers I think the views and news printed in it are limited. Some papers I've read are horrifically biased (which essentially they're allowed to be) and to an extent they are reflecting the views of the readership audience.

I think as long as the reputable newspapers continue there will always be people who maintain their faith in reports of current affairs.
Trashy newspapers like the Daily Mail can die.

Eh...I've blabbered on for a bit and I don't think I've even answered henz's questions....
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Posted 8/13/07
As long as its not television...
Text is so much better medium for information ... with a vid clip if warranted.

=> Say which newspapers, or news-sites / blogs you read / view regularly.
local paper / wall street journal / whatevers around / magazines
bbc news feed in firefox
http://popurls.com/ (meta filter)
http://slate.com/
http://www.topix.net/ (for local)
http://www.dvorak.org/blog/ (amusing pieces)
http://3quarksdaily.blogs.com/ (high culture / articles)
http://slashdot.org/ & http://www.digg.com/ (technology mostly)
Others... http://www.economist.com/, http://www.edge.org/, etc
Seems like a lot but im really a slacker with keeping up with stuff.

=> Discuss the potential and "legitimacy" of "user-generated-content" for the purpose of news reporting.
This kind of stuff works best with user submitted and filtered content, such as digg/slashdot, which are tech sites with tech savy uses by and large. User generated is unappealing by and large as its the difference between having trained and paid workers vs. who knows who writing stuff.
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Main_Page
thats all for now.
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Ever since I joined an academic group at my school last year, the sponsor has been trying to get us to read newspapers and such to be informed of what's happening in the nation or around the world. I do read the newspaper (The Washington Post~!) everyday, or at least try to, and I like to go on news.yahoo.com whenever my mom accidentally throws away the front page.

And as for digital or traditional media, digital is more convenient because you can get up-to-date information quickly, while with the traditional media you have to wait till the next day to get the news.
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Posted 8/13/07
I only even read a newspaper if there's something really important that I need to know about, my horoscope or the TV/Cinema guide. My parents still buy and read 'em though.
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newspapers are history its only a matter of time.
Posted 3/29/09
^ Lol, I'm not sure about that, here in the netherlands we're still using news papers XD
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i read the paper every morning
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Posted 3/29/09 , edited 3/29/09
I'm for web-news. I probably read more news over the net in one day, than I have with a newspaper throughout my entire life.
Not to mention, aren't we saving the trees by reading over the net instead of printing hundreds of papers everyday?
That's right.. I went there..! Environment friendly, people! *says the person who didn't even turn off her lights during earth hour*
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