September 29, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 3

Newspapers fall behind in technological world

Newspapers fall behind in technological world

Newspapers fall behind in technological world

We have entered a society where technology is growing and expanding at an unparalleled rate. While the newspaper used to be the medium of choice, we have already begun to witness its fall from glory. The Internet has become the biggest competitor to the lowly newspaper, and has launched a new way to access information. Is there a future for newspapers and will there be jobs for journalists?

Newspapers, over the past few years, have seen devastation in the newsrooms as people continue to lose their jobs. Communications Professor Doug Tewksbury says, Newspapers have no one but themselves to blame. Everyone in the nonnews media world adapted quickly to the online and mobile environment. Though some newspapers have attempted to make the conversion, he says, Most newspapers' sites are still, frankly, pretty weak. As technology continues to expand, Niagara University Communications Professor Dr. Brian Murphy says, There is no real place for a daily piece of printed matter and it will have to slowly migrate into Web pages to sur vive as a business.

The New York Times says Google has recently come up with efforts to help the newspaper restore some of its losses. Google has devised a way for newspapers to sell subscriptions through a system of micropayments. The development will be an extension of Google checkout. There have been other efforts similar to Google's, but it seems newspapers will have to make the conversion to a paperless planet.

While the thought of this may be quite scary to all those who wished to fulfill a career in journalism, Murphy believes journalism has a future on the Internet. While many people may believe that they can find just about any piece of knowledge on the Internet, not all sites should be trusted. The ability for anyone to report on the news has become part of the evolvement of the Internet. That doesn't mean we should believe it. Murphy deems only certain sites as trustworthy: sites that employ educated journalist to report on the news.

Has the newspaper seen its final days? Communications major Ashley Kliber says, While the move to the Web is unavoidable, people will always value the tradition of the written word.

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