Essay on The Future of Journalism

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Thirty years ago, if I told you that the primary means of communicating and disseminating information would be a series of interconnected computer networks you would of thought I was watching Star Trek or reading a science fiction novel. In 2010, the future of mass media is upon us today; the Internet. The Internet is and will only grow in the future as the primary means of delivering news, information and entertainment to the vast majority of Americans. Mass media as we know it today will take new shape and form in the next few years with the convergence and migration of three legacy mediums (Television, Radio, Newspaper) into one that is based on the Internet and will replace these mediums forever changing the face of journalism, media …show more content…
As the Web expanded in the mid 90’s, online editions of popular newspapers surfaced and opened a new field for seeing and telling the world's events.

Journalism and the news have frequently taken on new forms as communication technology advances. Beginning with oral tradition, friends and family would tell the news to each other without mass audiences or recording instruments, like pen and paper. But as new technologies emerged, the early methods declined in usage. With the invention of the printing press and various mass dissemination techniques, written news could reach wider audience and provide numerous permanent sources of information.

Since their existences, TV and radio have chipped away at much of print media's audience. They've made news more immediate and simpler for wider consumption by reducing reading elements. In addition, TV added vivid, moving images that appealed to audience's emotions. Even with these advances, there would still be room for the rise of technology that would combine the visuals and immediacy of TV with the reading components of print.

The Internet boom came in the mid 90’s and changed much of how we communicate with each other. Individuals could e-mail, instant message and chat online nearly as fast as talking on the phone and gather instant information for almost any subject they would want. But soon began some fundamental changes to the ways news was presented by

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