Imagine it is Monday morning. You lie in your bed and wonder about what is new today? What has happened since yesterday? You are too tired to get up from your bed and get the newspaper outside your door. This may be a “problem” in 1980, but thanks to the internet and the media, it is so simple today in 2016 to just lie in your bed and pick up your smartphone instead. A great advantage for everyone who is struggling to get up in the morning, but what other advantages are there with the internet and the media?
News in internet vs newspaper
What do you prefer? Newspaper or online news? The blog of “Online journalism” list up 9 socio-technical advantages of online news:
‘Past studies in this field have shown that there are 9 socio-technical advantages that have determined the adoption and use of online news:
- no costs
- more news choices
- in-depth and background information
- 24/7 updates
- ability to discuss the news with peers
- the existence of different viewpoints
- the opportunity to talk back to the media’
What do the students prefer?
For us students, the news online seems to be preferred. With all the studies and part-time job aside, we do not have a lot of time.
“I liked the online version because it was faster to navigate through different stories and it was more enjoyable to read because it was more flashy I guess”
“The online version is easier to navigate, faster and more eco-friendly! I will absolutely choose the e version over the print version. I also don’t like the way the paper on the print version makes my hands feel. It feels dirty. However, I will miss the smell of the paper because it smells really nice”
This statements are published at JEADigitalMedia.org, where a teacher had asked her students if they prefer newspaper or online news. It seems like students prefer online news, as it is faster and easier to navigate.
Environment and globalisation
Some of us argue for newspaper. With a newspaper, you do not get the distraction of everything else. It is easier when you read the online news to just check your Facebook, buy clothes from online store etc. But what about the environment? The online news saves the environment for a lot of damage like pollution, but there are also other benefits. If something happens in Europe right now, we could with a simple click check the news and get updated. The internet media makes it easier to keep updated from what happens in the rest of the world 24/7. For those who read newspaper, you probably have to wait the next day for the news. The link below shows a video of the benefits with online news.
Imagine yourself again, you wake up Monday morning. With a smartphone, you have access to all news in the world. Are you for or against online news? Do you prefer to have access to the news 24/7 or just read the news in the morning with the breakfast table? Is online news one way of saving the environment and reduce the pollution of transporting newspapers around the country? What do you think?
– René R. Bracci