Comparison of Traditional and New Media

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Social vs. Traditional Media

Hans Peter Ibold and John Adams debate the unique advantages of different forms of media, each author championing one side of the traditional media versus new media argument. Ibold, a journalism professor, is optimistic about the future of social media and argues that social media will eventually surpass traditional media in effectiveness and popularity. Social media provides an interactive platform for widespread discussion, and news postings can occur almost instantly. On the other side, Adams favors traditional media. He wants to be able to hold a newspaper in his hand. He argues that traditional media is more reliable, explaining that newspaper journalists are more experienced and undergo more editing processes than their new-media counterparts, which results in more accurate reporting.

Ibold, Hans Peter and John Adams. “Social vs. Traditional Media.” The News-Journal. 15 August 2012. Web. 2 November 2012. <>.


New Media, Old Media

Is it fair to compare new media and old media, two sources that differ in their focus? This study looks at the level of attention given to technology, foreign events and politics via traditional media and three social media platforms, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. Traditional media sources do not concentrate their stories in one area; they spread their coverage relatively equally. Furthermore, traditional media and new media rarely share the same top story. In this 49-week study, blogs and traditional media sources shared the same lead story for only 13 of those weeks, less than a third of the study’s duration. This article argues that although new media and old media do not always cover the same material and are generally incomparable, they do depend on one another.

“New Media, Old Media.” The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. 23 May 2010. Web. 28 June 2012. <>.


Watching the Watchdog: Notes from the Future of Journalism

In a Canadian university, a class of journalism students was asked to respond to a chapter in Tim Knight’s book, Storytelling and the Anima Factor. After sifting through the responses, Tim Knight included sixteen of them in this article to show the different beliefs among today’s youth, which is the generation that is most affected by the growth of social media. Some students favored new media and others traditional, and each supports his or her statement with unique arguments and perspectives. The reader can clearly see both sides of the argument and decide for him or herself which side they support.

Knight, Tim. “Watching the Watchdog: Notes from the Future of Journalism.” The Huffington Post. 18 June 2012. Web. 20 July 2012. <>.

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