Young turks and new media

I got this question from Mildred (see comments on sidebar): We are having our undergraduate thesis, entitled “perceptions of Professionals on print newspaper being replaced by its online couterpart… I would like to ask if young professionals can be our respondents. Do you think that their opinion can be a clue towards knowing what future newspaper will have,or we have to have a change of respondents? Your answer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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To answer you’re question Mildred, please refer to some readings I’ve seen online. Read Steve Outing’s Some Words of Advice for Small Newspapers.

First, newspapers won’t be replaced by its online counterpart. But the online component will change the way newspapers, or news for that matter, are delivered to readers. Both mediums have to complement each other, while taking advantage of the new media. Let’s just say newspapers are now evolving. And it has become clear from examples in the US how newspapers are going through transformations. To quote from a story I found on New York magazine:

We think we know that the professional news media, especially newspapers, are obsolete, that the future is all about (excuse the expression) you—media created by amateurs. But such PowerPoint distillation tends to overlook the fact that mainstream media are not all simply shriveling and dying but in some instances actually evolving.

Mildred, it is best to get both perspectives from different age groups. I’m not so sure what do you mean by young. Like any other news report, getting all sides (perspectives) will give your report a balanced-feel. On that note, I believe that the younger journalists are more open to answering your questions because (1) they’re exposed or are born to new media (2) are likely more tech-savvy. But you also have to ask the veterans what they feel about new media. With that, you can compare the differences in opinion and hope to find some insights.

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