The New News Media

One example of media convergence would be the progression of news media from newspapers and broadcast to digital media and more specifically social media. Most news sources which started off as newspapers as far back as the invention of the printing press, such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Telegraph, now have active social media. Many professional journalists now even have their own verified twitter accounts, where they are able through their contracts to tweet about events, sometimes linking back to their own articles, or even live tweet events as they happen. This transformation has resulted in people turning to the social media accounts of news sources on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to get their news, rather than turning directly to print newspapers or even in some cases source’s actual website, which in many cases can only be accessed by online subscription.

This is trend in news consumption is most prominent when people are looking to be updated on an ongoing event. For example, during the Paris Attacks, many people including myself heard about it initially from Twitter, and then remained updated on the situation by browsing the PrayForParis hashtag, where ordinary people and journalists currently in the city  live tweeted events while they happened, posting photos and videos, as well as reassuring loved ones and followers of their safety.

This convergence in part may be due to the speed with which news can be delivered through social media, whereas with print media and even digital news media there tends to be some length of delay. Though news sources release news as fast as possible, normally with the goal of being the first to report, there are natural delays due to the amount of time needed to fact check and the amount of time needed for articles to be approved by multiple superiors before publishing. It’s no secret that people today want instant gratification, and through news sources and journalists adapting to social media as a platform for reporting, it has become possible for people to receive their news instantly.

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  1. I think you raided up a very typical example of media convergence between print newspapers and digital news. I think the popularization of digital news by both the audience and the journalists is inevitable just because the fast development of technology which created a new way for the audience to receive and send news. But at the same time, we can’t just ignore the exist of print newspapers as they still have some qualities that the news on online medias don’t possess. I will give a very specific example, if you are reading a print newspaper, you have to flick through each page to see the content you want to see. However, if you are on a news website, you can just move your mouse and click on the content, which means at the same time you are potentially missing lots of information that may be also important to you or interested to you. Well this is just my personal experience and you are more than welcome to have different opinions and discuss with me.

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  2. I must confess that I have benefited immensely from this particular form of convergence because I am now automatically updated with the biggest headlines from all over the world just by going into my social media account. While I understand its shortcomings, especially as a journalist in training, who ought to be more exposed to the carefully written and devised pieces of journalism, I am rather thankful for the function as I am able to kept updated as long as I am interested. Moreover, all the conversations centered around both hard and soft news are always a place for me to start thinking about the issues at hand, whether it be everyone coming in solidarity like in the Paris Attacks you mentioned, or heated debates among online users over something as trivial as Starbucks’s plain red cups. Not only the immediateness of its updates but the buzz that comes along with these reports has been valuable to me.

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