How Technology Changes News

The Internet and modern technology have changed the way we get and consume news. “The change seems to have accelerated in the past decade. indeed, since the start of the new millennium we have seen the spread of media convergence ( which has influenced newsroom practices around the world), the arrival of citizen or participatory journalism, a boom in the number of blogs and related publishing forms such as moblogs, podcasts and wikis, and the sprad of multimedia forms of reporting” (Quinn & Lamble p.1).

“What is happening is … a revolution in the way young people are accessing news. They don’t want to rely on the morning paper for their up-to-date information. Instead, they want their news on demand, when it works for them. They want control over their media, instead of being controlled by it”  (Murdoch 2005).

Most people are aware that the newspaper industry, in particular, is in trouble. It’s also changed the way the news itself is gathered. There are several ways that the Internet  and technology have changed news if you look back 15 years ago news was hard to come by. We didn’t get information internationally, or even nationally, without the newspaper and to a lesser degree radio and Television but mostly the newspaper. “Audio on the Web has the potential to replace radio as we currently know it in the first decade of the twenty- first century. Similarly, video on the Web could replace television” (Quinn 2008).  Now a days you don’t have wait 24 hours for a news paper to be published and brings you the news or sit by Television or radio to broadcast the news every hour. With the new technology you can have very resent news from local to international news via RSS feed in your pocket any time every where. we can name some other social sits on the internet that helped news.

  1. Twitter is a useful and popular news source for breaking news.  A good  example is  Flight 1404, which skidded off the runway at Denver airport and burst into flames. Mike tweeted right after he escaped  by using the plane’s emergency chutes and posted a picture of the foam-covered aircraft long before any traditional media was even aware of the accident.
  2.  Citizen journalism is a good way of breaking the news where members of the public, who are not professional journalists, contribute content that is  subsequently published on traditional media. for example Muammar Gaddafi dead – Video on Al Jazeera:
  3. Blogging is another technology  that has changed and improved news gathering. For example, during the Iraq war, ” a feisty new genre of blog that focused specifically on the terrorism wars” written by Iraqis from within the war zone, and milblogs, written by current or former soldiers provided the world with first-hand information. This was how we learned, for example, about the torture and abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib’s  prison. Citizens’ eyewitness photography, especially where the use of a mobile telephone equipped with a camera is concerned is  playing a significant role in crisis reporting. Another example is the London riots footage .

“The internet did not just add to the coverage, it changed it”

To sum up, over all the technology brings a plus point to the news world. As a consumer it give us more choice to get our news very quick and fast, to take part on news and debate about it on twitter face book or any other social media. it is the technology that give the consumer a chance to have news of the world in their pocket every minute.

None of this could happen without the Internet infrastructure and specific technologies that sit on top of it, and sometimes link into other technologies like the cellular phone network’s SMS system.

Bibliography:

  • Ouinn, S and Lamble, S. (2008) Online Newsgathering: reserch and reporting for journalism. Oxford, George Morrison, page 8.
  • Ouinn, S and Lamble, S. (2008) Online Newsgathering: reserch and reporting for journalism. Oxford, George Morrison, page 4.
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