What are the pros and cons of receiving new over the internet compared to coventional newspapers?
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the advantage of internet is easy access to have rapid information and free of charge rather than newspapers.Sometimes its not reliable
Internet news tends to be current and updated almost in real-time. Conventional newspapers used to be a way to get more detailed and in-depth information and analysis about a topic, but in an effort to compete with the internet, many newspapers are trying to shorten stories and sort of emulate the internet stories in print by appealing to the short attention span of the fickle American public.
Today there is an increasing trend of providing news on the Internet. The most big newspaper companies have also set up sites on the Internet to provide news in addition to what is available through their newspapers.
Understandably this is because of many advantages of supplying news over the Internet. The major advantages of the Internet-news are:
- News on the Internet can be updated round the clock so that readers can have the most up-to-date news any time of the day or night.
- The type of news and the way it is presented can be customized to the needs and preference of individual readers.
- Reader can be alerted through e-mail, cell phones or other devices about availability of any new news of their interest.
- Reader can conveniently refer to additional information related to a news item using suitable links to other pages on the same site and to other sites.
- Readers can easily forward interesting news items to others.
- The news can be presented in a rich formats, which in addition to multi-colour printing, can have videos.
- Once a news item is put on the Internet, it becomes instantly available for use round the globe without additional variable costs.
- News provider can get detailed data on popularity of news items. This information can help in better choice of information put on the site.
- The lead time required between occurrence of an event and news making on it available on the Internet has reduced considerably. Some items of news like stock market prices are now available almost in real-time.
However, there are other areas where newspapers score over the Internet-news. The main advantages of newspapers are:
- Newspapers are more convenient to read. One can easily relax, reclined over a deck chair, and reading a newspaper. This Kind of ease in reading is not possible with Internet-news.
- Newspaper can be carried and read at any location of the world. There is no precondition of availability of Internet connectivity.
- Reading newspaper does not require any equipment such as a computer.
However, it is important to note that Internet capabilities are improving very fast, and with that the Internet-news is moving toward overcoming its current disadvantages over newspaper. It is also increasing the margin of advantages where it scores over newspaper.
Internet news also includes newspapers, because the content available in print editions can also be accessed online. For this reason, a reader from Boston can access The Boston Herald anywhere s/he travels in the world where an internet connection is available. Readers are able to read a variety of newspapers online at no charge anytime they'd like.
Internet newspaper homepages also have archives where a reader can easily access articles and information from previous editions. In the past, one would have to visit a news office or write to request past articles.
Even the "touch friendly" aspects of a print newspaper, such as the daily crossword puzzle, are now available online for readers.
One of the cons I have noticed is that on-line material can come from anyone and that anyone can become a "citizen journalist." One of the greatest problems that this creates is that ethical standards and basic journalism standards might not be adherred to simply because the reporter is not aware of them. This is why education and training are so important.
One advantage is that internet news is cheap and widely dispersed. A disadvantage is that there are no standards. Anyone can write a blog, start a rumor without investigation, and cause a sensation that will be picked up and spread like wildfire. Often the originally legitimate news organizations will take it up without doing their own research. However, in the day when everyone has a camera and a cell phone, the chance of catching a story when it happens is also greatly increased. In a way, everyone has the chance to be a reporter. This is a good and bad thing for the populace.
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