How News Happens
A study of Baltimore, Maryland concludes that newspapers are not being killed off by the rise of new media. The study followed six local headlines, each focusing on a unique sector within Baltimore (the arts, sciences, crime, etc.). The content of published stories, as well as the type of media that reported it, were analyzed. The results indicated that although the realm of media is rapidly developing and expanding into new media, most current news stories still originate from traditional outlets, namely newspapers. Of the new information that was actually reported via new media, 95 percent of it came from a traditional source. Traditional media is not a worn-out model that is being replaced by a newer, more efficient form of media. It is, in fact, the backbone of today’s media.
“How News Happens.” The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. 11 January 2010. Web. 7 July 2012. <http://www.journalism.org/analysis_report/how_news_happens>.
Survey Finds that Consumers Trust Traditional Media More Than Digital
According to a 2012 study, North Americans still trust traditional media over digital media. A survey conducted by Triton Digital’s Application and Services division found that television is the most trusted form of media, followed closely by newspapers. Interestingly, digital and social media ranked last in trustworthiness. The public perception of these various media sources makes a direct impact on the success of advertisements. For example, 64 percent of those surveyed reported purchasing a product after seeing it on a television commercial. Though digital media continues to “explode in popularity,” traditional media still has the trust of the people. Their complete survey is available by visiting the link provided at the end of the article.
“Survey Finds that Consumers Trust Traditional Media More Than Digital.” Editor & Publisher. 13 July 2012. Web. 26 July 2012. <http://www.editorandpublisher.com/Headlines/Article/Survey-Finds-that-Consumers-Trust-Traditional-Media-More-Than-Digital>.
Traditional Journalism Critical to Understanding Debt Crisis
In this article, journalism professor Pamela Luecke at Washington and Lee University discusses why she believes that traditional journalism is superior to new media. She concedes that new forms of journalism have great potential and power; however, traditional journalists are much more effective in reporting information clearly. Political and economic issues are complex and cannot be condensed to a 140-character Twitter post. This format is limiting since it does not allow for the intricacies of such issues to be addressed. Luecke calls upon citizens to educate themselves by reading, watching and seeking out a variety of news sources.
“Traditional Journalism Critical to Understanding Debt Crisis.” Washington and Lee University. 19 July 2011. Web. 20 July 2012. <http://www.wlu.edu/x54841.xml>.