How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets?
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Is the affect positive or negative?

The Internet has taken over as the new source for major news reportings. 

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The Internet has become very dominant in our everyday lives. Whether or not the web can be trusted for important worldwide events or crises still remains unanswered. So I ask, “How has the Internet affected traditional media outlets?”

 

Before I began my research I had a clear-cut answer to my own question: the Internet is taking over and traditional media outlets are spiraling downward. Although I still do believe that this is occurring, I found in my research the REAL reasons as to why traditional media outlets are falling.

 

The reason why the traditional media outlets are losing touch is because of revenue coming in from ad agencies. Sure, the Internet is part of the reason as well; it is not the SOLE reason. The Internet allows for companies to track what sites consumers are going on and what products they are purchasing, so it is easier to target those audiences, whereas, in the traditional outlets it’s harder to track and target specific audiences. I never really realized how important ad spaces in newspapers are, and after researching it allowed me to make my prospective on the downfall of newspapers to widen and realize to not blame the Internet completely.

 

After reading the article on the 9/11 attacks I agreed with what the author wrote, that generally when a crisis occurs we as consumers and citizens flock to the traditional outlets for a trust worthy and factual reporting. However, I remembered the Boston Marathon Bombings and how I was watching CNN and also constantly checking my Twitter Feed for new information to arrive, and in fact I received the fastest and accurate information on Twitter. CNN I think played it safe and has to follow the guidelines that they are given, whereas on Twitter whatever occurred was posted in 140 characters and trending worldwide. I’m still not completely sold on everything being reported on social network sites to be completely accurate (i.e.- the Reddit suspect scenario) but I do tend to flock more towards the social networks as opposed to popular news networks.

 

The USATODAY article “Nontraditional media gain ground,” touched upon important aspects of the Internet that I hadn’t thought about before. It was stated that due to the large number of platforms on the web such as blogs, social networks, etc, more people can report about certain topics and essentially do so by not checking facts or information first. That leads to people reading upon different information and when they come together they simply cannot discuss an important issue because they all read different facts.

 

All in all, I still do believe that the Internet has affected the traditional media outlets in a tremendous way, by taking away large audiences and revenues. I think that it will take some time before the Internet completely takes over and I also think that it will take a lot of years for the Internet reportings to become more accurate and reliable as traditional media outlets. I think that once the traditional are gone for good, they should combine efforts with the Internet outlets to maybe perform trustworthy reportings to save jobs, credibility, and sources. I might be hoping for an extreme case, but I hope one day it can happen. After all, the web is the greatest tool in the world’s history and to combine with traditional media outlets, it will increase it’s credibility tremendously. 

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Media Insiders Say Internet Hurts Journalism

Media Insiders Say Internet Hurts Journalism | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
As more readers consume news on the Net, media elites worry their industry is changing for the worse. Meantime, press coverage of President Obama, they say, is “about right.”
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In a poll asking prominent news media outlets whether or not the Internet has helped or hurt journalism, 65% said it hurt whereas 35% said it helped. They said it has helped journalism by the circulation of news in a larger audience, however it has hurt financial wise. And most importantly, it has blurred the line between opinion and fact. This is where we all come into question whether we believe everything that is on the Internet or not. This article provided an inside look to what journalists believe are the reasons behind the downfall of journalism.
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Your Guide to Citizen Journalism | Mediashift | PBS

Your Guide to Citizen Journalism | Mediashift | PBS | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
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What is citizen journalism? Citizen journalism allows everyday people to report on worldwide events that most professional journalists would report on, due to the advancements in modern technology, such as the Internet. Many professional journalists believe that citizen journalism is not accurate, however citizen journalists know just as much or if not more than the professionals on subjects. Now, TV news networks allow citizen journalists to send in videos they have recorded of events and are shown after the professionals report on them. Citizen journalism has allowed for great advancements in the world of journalism.
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Political Advertising in the 2004 Election

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This article shows that the rise of the Internet and social media really captivates a specific audience especially in terms of political campaigns. Most ads on television from both parties focus on bad qualities of the other. But by being able to access the ads online and looking for more ads and more research, an outcome can become favorable for one. Specifically in the 2004 elections, John Kerry's ads were more successful in giving him a positive image when viewed online as opposed to on television. The Internet serves for a great platform to allow young voters to become involved in the political campaigns.

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Media companies notice the sexiness of business news - USATODAY.com

Media companies notice the sexiness of business news - USATODAY.com | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
A host of changes in the economy, technology and demographics have made business and financial news traditionally one of the least sexy fields in journalism into a hottie.
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This article focuses on a specific niche audience "the rich" who still read the business sections of newspapers and prefer it in print as opposed to the Internet. Sure the web allows for easy access and views, however people with money at stake want brand-name operations that are well known with a proven track record in the past. As many people say, you can't trust everything on the Internet. Business news is the last growth industry in the news world and will continue to be in the future. 

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Traditional media aren't at death's door

Traditional media aren't at death's door | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
The sky is falling on the traditional news media, but not nearly as hard and fast as many have predicted.
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This article is important because we all know that the Internet is on the rise and will take over the traditional media outlets, however it states in this article that it will take much longer than we all expected. It will take approximately until 2017 for online journalism to match print media revenues. Although there have been circulation and job shrinkage, it is affecting the bigger cities as opposed to the suburban outlets. We all talk about how the Internet is taking over traditional media outlets, but we never pay attention to the inside consequences of journalists losing their jobs. The Internet is no longer just a "platform," it has become the revenue growth in the newspaper industry because of online publications. 

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As the Internet Grows Up, the News Industry Is Forever Changed

As the Internet Grows Up, the News Industry Is Forever Changed | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
The news industry, congenitally nervous about its future, looks at the Web this spring and sees cause for panic.
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There is no doubt that the Internet has changed the news industry in the past couple of years. But the question that remains unanswered is whether or not the Internet is going to completely take over the news industry or is the Internet going to be a new platform for news that reaches a much larger audience. 30% of Americans stated that they spend less time with magazines and newspapers because of the amount of time they spend online. What worries journalists is what replaces the newsrooms today, will it be able to support the journalism of tomorrow. Essentially stating that will the news of our society be able to survive through the platform of the Internet. And while ad agencies, journalists, and business managers are trying to find an ideal balance, we as consumers are able to enjoy the best of all the worlds. 

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"The Virtual Square: Urban Space, Media, and the Egyptian Uprising" by Alsayyad, Nezar - Harvard International Review, Vol. 34, Issue 1, Summer 2012 | Questia, Your Online Research Library

Read the full-text online article and more details about "The Virtual Square: Urban Space, Media, and the Egyptian Uprising" by Alsayyad, Nezar - Harvard International Review, Vol.
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This article shows the greatest impact of the Internet in today's society. The people of Egypt were able to communicate through social media and change the wave of journalism. They succeeded in the revolution all thanks to Facebook and Twitter. Although the government blocked Internet, the word had already gotten out through the social media sites and everyone was already together to fight for their rights. This just shows the importance of the Internet in today's society.
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What effect has the internet had on journalism?

What effect has the internet had on journalism? | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
The web is a valuable tool, but old-fashioned journalistic practices can still be best, writes Aleks Krotoski
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This article shows the importance of the Internet in times of revolutions that take place in countries when the governments black out the Internet. Those reporters who were in Egypt had a difficult time to get the news stories out because of the Internet shortage, they had to rely on the "old school" way of printing out stories and speaking to editors over the phone. Being online allows for different perspectives and different libraries of information. If knowledge is power, the Internet is the greatest tool in the world's history.
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USATODAY.com - Nation returns to traditional news outlets

USATODAY.com - Nation returns to traditional news outlets | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
Nation returns to traditional news outlets By David Lieberman, USA TODAY NEW YORK — The heyday of soft news and rumors culled from Internet chat appears to have ended with last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
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This article shows that in times of crisis and terror our country flocks to traditional media outlets as opposed to the Internet. During the week of the 9/11 attacks, 80% of Americans got most of their information on TV. A mere 3% depended on the Internet. In times of crisis, everyone wants reliable and trustworthy intermediaries and I think that still stands in our society two years later. 

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Five myths about the future of journalism

Five myths about the future of journalism | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
There are few things journalists like to discuss more than, well, themselves and the long-term prospects for their industry. How long will print newspapers survive? Are news aggregation sites the...
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This article is important because it debunks the 5 major myths about the future of journalism. The first myth focuses on traditional media outlets losing their audiences, but in reality the major traditional outlets such as the New York Times have continues to reach their audience, but just online not through print. The major problem with the shift from print to the web is revenue for the newspapers. Web based newspapers receive less revenue with ads than traditional print papers. The main key to media in this day and age is to focus in on consumer behavior patterns, what sites people go to and what products they buy. Content of news stories isn't enough anymore. 

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Adapt or Die  | American Journalism Review

Adapt or Die  | American Journalism Review | How is the Internet affecting traditional media outlets? | Scoop.it
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For many years, newspapers have tried to continually innovate the way they publish stories such as adding color, adding pictures, etc. But now, a new form has emerged "portfolios." These portfolios of products are built around the core product, the newspapers, to connect to general and targeted audiences. Newspaper companies are transitioning to information companies, on the web. Many view this approach with the multi-platform as a transition model as opposed to the end of newspapers. Having these portfolios online will allow the newspaper companies to lowers the costs such as ink and distribution. Newspaper veterans state that the newspaper will survive but it won't be a daily newspaper, maybe a weekend paper. If the papers give up on the reporting then they will surely die out sooner rather than later. 

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USATODAY.com - Report: Non-traditional media gain ground, consumers

When Tom Rosenstiel met with a group of local TV news directors last week, they told him that viewers watch local news on average two to 21/2 times a week a far cry from just a few years ago when Eyewitness News teams drew viewers every day.
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This article touches upon what we all question about news on the Internet- what is legitimate and what is not? This is known as "journalism of assertion" where information is offered on the Internet as well as Radio without verifying and checking facts first. A major downfall is that consumers can no longer talk about a topic because they will all have different facts and information on it due to the Internet and distortion of the news. Not only do traditional media outlets have to keep up and compete with the Internet, but they also have to show the world that they are more trustworthy and authentic due to the guidelines newsrooms have to follow. 

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