The news media have changed dramatically over the past quarter century. Newspapers are still in print, but more and more people are turning to the Internet for the latest news.
Online news sites have a huge advantage over print media. They can post articles and breaking news coverage within minutes. With advances from Twitter, Instagram and other leading social media platforms, news providers can be the center of the action as it happens, reporting the events live.
It has dramatically changed the type of news we read on a regular basis, and it has changed how and when we read it. While many of us will still enjoy a leisurely morning reading of the newspaper, these luxuries tend to be consigned to the realms of lazy Sunday mornings. It’s not something we all do on a daily basis anymore. We’re much more likely to scroll down the news feed on our favorite news provider’s website. While we’re on the train, having a quick coffee at work, waiting for the kettle to bubble, or whenever we want, we can use our mobile devices, laptops and PCs to access the latest news.
Statistics increasingly indicate that every time people have a few minutes they are likely to tap into their favorite news source to get the latest updates on a given topic.
The 21st century newsroom has also had to change and adapt, due to this massive shift in the way we access and read our information. Traditionally, as information was gathered it went through a number of journalistic stages, following the editorial chain of command. A new news item would be approved, then a reporter would work on it, forward it to the sub-editor, who would then work on it before passing it on to the editor for final edits before inclusion, just before going to press.
Today the system is very similar. The difference is that this whole process often takes seconds, or minutes, not hours or days! The public demands his news as soon as it arrives, and news executives must respond, almost instantly.
Today speed is the foundation of quality journalism. Competitive news providers try to improve each other by being the first to deliver breaking news, no matter what. And technology plays a huge role in creating and disseminating information very quickly.
One area of huge growth where technology has enabled amazing coverage of the latest American news is the ability to provide live coverage. A reporter can send updates, articles and live video footage, directly from their mobile device. It has the potential to make a journalist out of anyone. Increasingly today we are seeing reports using video footage, tweets and photos taken by members of the public who were on one of the stages, and witnessed the “news” as it is. happened.
We have more choice and control over our news than ever. We have full control over what we read and when we read it. Most people choose a news provider they like, setting their preferences so that they immediately see updates on the news that interests them. Then, they log in when it’s convenient for them during the day.
The information may have changed and the way we access it is changing all the time, but there is no doubt that information is still in high demand, and this is something that will not change.