Obviously, online news is a massive topic in the journalism sphere at the moment. As apps and online news sites increase in popularity, especially with the increasing attractiveness of smart phones, a heated debate always surrounds the topic.
I have personally heard both extremes of the scale, from journalism professionals who I would trust. Some believe Newspapers already obsolete and will fade into obscurity; others say Newspapers will transcend technology. But what has the readers to say?
So what I decided to do was simply ask people at a local café, who were reading the print news or on various devices; what their thoughts were, because after all, it is the reader who matters…
What I discovered wasn’t ground breaking, but interesting none the less. It isn’t about what is obsolete, even what is more practical. but what kind of news reader they are.
People reading on electronic devices, simply read the headlines and skimmed through stories, getting the basic facts, as not to fall behind on pub chat. This is consistent with what we have always been taught about online journalism.
Whereas the newspaper readers wanted a more in depth story, enjoying the extra knowledge and feature style. I think we could all agree, it is much more pleasant to not read off a screen, nor have to worry about carrying around an expensive tablet all day.
So I think each medium will have to keep narrowing itself down. Smart phones and tablets may have to assume extra brevity, conciseness is the key. Where newspapers should delve further into the feature orientated news and take the reader on a less informative journey.
But with rapidly increasing technology, who really knows?
We might be having news beamed into our brains in the next few decades…
Newspapers will always exist, and like the horse, which with the arrival of the car was considered to be no longer useful, but obviously are still very popular as a recreational activity. The same will go for combustion engines over the next century. Maybe even the same for newspapers. They will be a niche market and only the best will survive, but, they will survive.