Archive | April, 2013

State of the News Media

30 Apr

Reading “The State of the News Media 2013” article gave several implications of what news is turning into and how the transformation will ultimately affect consumers and future journalist. What the information presented focused on was the ways consumers of news are getting their information. It also focused on the growth of digital advertising and how the dominance of four or five digital companies in the advertising realm could possibly hurt the online news media. The information over-all was very insightful and gave a great picture of what the future of news media is heading towards.

In our online journalism class, we have focused a lot of our time and discussions on the idea of digital media and social media becoming a large portion of the way consumers receive their news information. The data collected in this article not only presents the idea that news media is becoming popular but also that it is slowly becoming the main source of news.

The Pew Research Center’s 2012 News Media Consumption survey showed that the only category of news that showed any growth in the last two years was online news. This research also showed that 19% of Americans saw news or news headlines on social network “yesterday” (doubled from 2010).

Another extreme advancement being made, which goes along with online news media, is the use of mobile devices to consume news. The data collected showed that 31% of adults now own a tablet computer (up almost three times in two years) and 45% of adults own a smartphone, up from 35% in May 2011. This same survey also showed that 31% of tablet news users said that they spend more time with news since getting their mobile devices and another 43% said that the device is adding to the amount of news they consume. All of this information is proof that news media is slowly becoming a digital and more over an online industry.

This data indicate a bright and exciting future for the news consumer. As technology and the digital age continue to grow the consumer of news will be rewarded with easier accessed, faster updated and more interacting news than ever before. As a consumer you can’t help but be excited about the direction the news industry is going. With the internet literally at everyone’s finger tips it is obvious to see that as a consumer the news industry is changing to fulfill the needs of their audience. Consumers now receive and will continue to receive more information that is given to them quicker, faster, and more up to date than ever before.

As a possible future media business employee the data presents several positives and several negatives. The fact that online and mobile news has grown so much, presents the benefits of new jobs related to social media and online news that were not available years ago. The downfall to the growth of online journalism is the downfall of television, print, and radio news. This downfall takes away from jobs that used to be available.

Also the fact that “revenues from print and television evaporated far faster than digital revenues have grown,” is not a good sign for future employees. From the research, it is show that in the digital advertising battle, news is a tiny player in a market dominated by the large technology companies like Google and Facebook. This fact shows that although online news is growing, the way you make money online (advertisements), has been a struggle for the news industry.

The state of the news media is important to everyone, not just journalist and this topic gets talked about all the time. As a consumer, as long as I have a smartphone or a tablet I have news. As a possible future media business employee as long as there is news there will be jobs out there.

A Look at The New York Time’s: “Snow Fall”

9 Apr

SnowAt first glance the online article “Snow Fall” by John Branch seems like just an ordinary online feature story. However, as you begin to look at it, as you begin to scroll down the page you can immediately tell there is something different about this website.

After taking the time to read the story and appreciate the media blender that I was just thrown into; the thing that I appreciated the most was the interactivity of the website. It was as if the story was reading itself to me. It was as if the webpage knew when I needed to see a video, or a picture, or even a diagram for explanation. It seemed almost like magic that every time I wished I had a video to explain something, abracadabra…there it was.

The first thing that makes this “act of journalism” so revolutionary is that I have never seen anything like it before. What made this website so intriguing was that I didn’t know what to expect next. The fact that technology is so advanced, websites so creative, and online stories now so interactive; yet for this to be something new that I had never seen before and that surprised me at every turn made it that much cooler.

The second reason the way this story was presented is so revolutionary is how the journalist made the sources of media (video, pictures, diagrams, ect.) so involved and interconnected to the actual reading of the story. The ability to make the diagrams and maps come to life and interact with the reader as they go through the story is what makes it so revolutionary.

This class has presented the idea that telling a story as an online journalist is no longer just writing text, it is now the incorporation of videos, pictures, slideshows, sound-bites, diagrams and maps. The ability to use these sources of media throughout a story makes it not only easier to read but also more interesting and compelling for the reader. John Branch combines nearly every different type of media into his article, and allows not only his words to tell a story but also the pictures, videos, and diagrams to paint a picture for the reader and engross them in what actually happen that day.

While reading this story, this online article, I felt myself become involved in the story. I felt myself begin to create feelings, worries and hopes for the people that were involved. What is inspiring as a student journalist is the idea that with a compilation of my words and other sources of media I can present a story that readers and all people could connect with. The author’s ability to engross my mind and thoughts into this story and into the happenings of that day was remarkable.

As a consumer of news, in most cases, I will not take the time to read a single story for 30-45 minutes. I want my news quick and easy. The thing I liked most about this article was the way in which the author presented the story made me not even realize how much I was reading or how long I had been doing it. With the interactivity and the involvement, I felt the story created a sense of fun and a sense of excitement that made me forget that I was even consuming news.

Follow this like for further detail on how “Snow Fall” will affect the future of online journalism

This was by far the coolest and most intriguing story I have ever read. I don’t think it was necessarily the actual story that made it so cool and so amazing, but the presentation of the information. Don’t get me wrong, the actual happenings and circumstances of that day where very intriguing and amazing, but there are a lot of amazing and intriguing things that happen every day.

What made this story so great was the author’s presentation of the information, which ultimately is what set this story apart from anything else I have ever read. Crazy!

Click this link to see the ins and outs of the whole “Snow Fall” project and how it was made and put together.