The Future of News

Student Perspectives on the State of Journalism

Students as News Consumers (Script for Audio)

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[Image via OU]

Written By: Ryan Boulanger
Narrator: Michelle Vu (with slight voice-over editing)

The Internet is changing how people access media. Most news organizations are having trouble adapting to the changes that are taking place. Print newspapers have dominated news media for centuries but now people want their news faster than a daily newspaper can offer.

Johnny Banchero is a junior at the University of Washington and he’s concerned for the future of print newspapers:
“I completely understand where they’re coming from, where everybody’s moving to online formats and no one our age is subscribing anymore, just because it’s not what they use to get their news but there’s so much history in America behind the newspaper. I do personally enjoy the newspaper and having something physically in your hands.”

There are other challenges to the traditional news model that have reigned supreme for so long. Now anyone with a camera and access to the Internet can be a journalist. News organizations must rely on their reputation for credibility.

Stephen Coyle is a freshman at UW and he prefers traditional news sites:
“Because you feel like you trust them, they’ve been around for that long… you know… if you go to just some random website you don’t know if you can trust the quality.”

But the gap is closing between alternative news sites and traditional media. Blogs have become a trusted source for news in many communities.

Jennifer Ladd lives in Ballard and she gets most of her news from a blog:
“The first website I check in the morning is myballard.com. Sure they don’t have as much money as the Times or P.I. but their coverage is easily just as good, if not better.”

News sources are shifting toward the preferences of an emerging demographic. Today’s college students have spent their entire life by a computer. They want two things from Internet: immediacy and interconnectedness. This means that anyone providing news in the future has to strive to be the first to tell a story and include their audience in the process. Adapting to these demands doesn’t guarantee survival but refusing to do so will surely lead to failure.

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  1. Without a doubt journalism is going to have to change to meet the demands of its new audiences. However, the desire for immediacy has got to face some limits. After all, it takes time to engage in real useful investigative reporting of currently developing stories, and it takes hard work and influence to gain access to many of the important sources that any old blogger wouldn’t necessarily be able to get in touch with. Either way, it is a very complex terrain that journalism is moving through, and into, right now. I have found some great interviews with major journalists concerning the future of journalism at http://www.ourblook.com/component/option,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69

    Bill

    June 11, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    • Thank you Bill for adding it to our list.
      Indeed, immediacy and investigation need to be balanced. I think a lot of the immediacy can be covered by Twitter today, which delivers news in real time if you know how to manage it. Investigation and research is where bloggers can add value and the resources for this investigation are opening up slowly
      pc britz

      pc britz

      June 25, 2009 at 12:09 am


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