The pros and cons of the death of print media



I grew up with a daily newspaper and magazine subscriptions for most of my teenage years, with the morning news in the background. Somewhere along the line though, the newspapers and magazines were gone, and I started finding my news online.

A few years later, I became a journalism student majoring in paper, and realized how much I really missed these physical copies of my short stories. Granted, the digital world offers plenty of opportunities for both news and readers, but the digital world taking hold of the printing industry certainly has its downsides. So from my point of view both as a youngster who has largely grown up in the digital age, but who as a journalism major is also interested in the world of print media, here are the advantages and the disadvantages of moving away from physical media to digital media.


1. Cost

Today the price of a New York Times subscription which includes daily home delivery and online access costs $ 4.50 per week, which is currently on sale from its regular price of $ 9.00 per week. “Cosmopolitan” magazine is currently offering a one-year contract for their print magazines and digital content for $ 13.

While these prices may seem low now, they add up and surely take away funds that could be used elsewhere, especially for students. The alternative of finding the majority of the same stories online for free seems to be a better option. While some posts don’t upload all of their content to digital platforms, I guarantee that if it’s a popular story in the media, you’ll find it elsewhere for free.

2. Speed

Digital sites offer breaking news at any time of the day. Years ago, readers had to wait until the morning to receive yesterday’s news, but today updates come with the swipe of a finger.

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While the news broadcast has been continually present for the day’s recap and break times, online sites are updating minute by minute, serving as the fastest sources of information. Viewers and readers can browse social media, their favorite news sites, or just google for the latest stories. Today is the era of fast news in the palm of your hand.

3. Opportunities and opportunities

With the myriad of platforms and freedoms the Internet has to offer, there is an opportunity for anyone to write online. The digital age allows almost any interest to have an online platform for news, updates and information sharing. Many people around the world have the ability to write and publish without even receiving a salary. People start blogging as a hobby in their spare time, while others are fortunate enough to make a living from this hobby.

The digital world offers many opportunities for everyone to immerse themselves in the world of writing, whatever their passion. It is no longer necessary to be an author or a journalist to have published a work. Some websites highlight submissions sent by daily viewers, while others rely on unknown writers to learn and grow. Whether these sites and publications are paid or not, writers, bloggers and photographers have a larger platform to advance their skills.

The inconvenients

1. Reliability and precision

With the speed that the digital world brings, delivering information anytime and anywhere, speed begs the question: is this information reliable? There have been many instances on sites like Twitter, for example, where people and platforms in authority tweet news without reliable sources backing up their information. Instances of unreliable news release create the label of “fake news” that various journalists endure on a daily basis.

As the race for the first to report the news continues, writers sometimes skip fact-checking steps, as they would for print, framing the endless cycle of what is and isn’t true. Along with the race for the latest news, there are many smaller publications trying to spread the same news as the classics. Most people tend to turn to well-known sources like “The Washington Post”, “Chicago Tribune” and “The New York Times” because people grew up with these sources. While small, individual posts are also reliable for news, people tend to be more hesitant.

2. Losing a mark

Because of all the little publications, the classics are fighting for their viewers and readers. With all the options available for people to find their news and entertainment, brands are struggling to make a real impact in the industry. It gradually becomes a competition for the most clicks, shares and traffic, which can sometimes ruin a brand’s reputation.

Slowly, organizations can shift their focus, losing the qualities and reputation that characterize their brand. For example, when a post from a print-only platform begins to increase their digital audience, they may forget about their printing methods. While keeping up with the times and evolving with today’s technological advancements is essential, staying loyal to an acclaimed brand is even more important as it sets the tone for these independent publications. .

Although personally I have never written that for digital platforms, I know the value of the printing industry. The classic newspapers that people read daily paved the way for the websites you now browse daily. If I see the digital world of information as astonishing and full of opportunities, I also see it as a risk for the field of journalism.

But who am I to say? The industry changes every day, behind the scenes and in the public eye, but I hope it is for the best. The printing industry, although considered a dying breed, has remained strong throughout this technological decade, with only a few setbacks, and remains the true guide of the information cyber world.


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