Why “Online News?”

As our generation changes, our technology changes every second and we are living in a world that has developed by socisl network, social media and computer savvy kind of people. I’m certain of people using the internet everyday and how being on-line is affecting our behavior and cultural beliefs. The article I read was “Why do people read online news?” it discussed about the effects of the attributes of online news on its adoption and use.

People do tremendous things online and one of the online sites is developing in todya’s society and it’s called online news. We receive new updates everyday from the media and the connection between people and the news are the newspaper, radio and online news. Many people are choosing online news as their connection to the media. Print-based newspapers are decreasing and there should be reasons for why people are leaving the newspaper. Therefore, there are benefits and positive behaviors toward online news. Online news is the way of people communicates with the media. We learn, perceive and encouter the media almost every day and the choice is up to us.

1. ¨Nguyen, A. (2010, April 27). Why do people read online news?.  Abstract retrieved from http://onlinejournalism blog.com/2010/04/27/why-do-people-read-online-news-research-summary/

2. ¨Jessica, (2011). The benefits of online news sites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ym1wXAxCCN0


Posted on August 1, 2011, in Discussion Leader. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I agree that people are increasingly going online for their news and I don’t think print newspapers will ever make a comeback. For me, the only time I ever read news is online for a bunch of reasons. First of all, I like my news to be extremely current, especially when the topic is, say for example, the debt ceiling. I am interested in the new developments in these kinds of issues and if I read this mornings news, the issue could have changed drastically. Another reason I only go online is because I can take my news with me wherever I go via my smartphone. I use apps on my phone to get the news I want to read about and filter out stuff I don’t care about. This leads to another problem with print, which is that I am forced to read about whatever made it into todays news. I am very picky about what news I want to read and newspapers usually bore me!

  2. I think people are going online to get the news because it’s so easy. A few clicks and you can get thousands of news reports from tons of different news sources over the world. People are not only getting the news online from mainstream news websites, people are getting their news from blogs and from their friends’ updates on social networking websites. I happen to get a lot of my news from Twitter. I don’t do it on purpose, but sometimes when I log in there are a bunch of posts about breaking news that just happened that I didn’t know about. People are personally reporting on news via Twitter as well, many times in real time. It’s amazing how people used Twitter during and after the Tsunami disaster in Japan to communicate with the world. It will be interesting to see how personal news reporting and online news evolve as our technology changes throughout the future.

  3. Well stated. I didn’t have a chance to attend your group, but I think your presentation was laid out very well. I also found it had good information that will allow me to comment on it. I think online news is fabulous. I think the points that you brought up are extremely valid. The immediacy is something that as a culture we value highly. We want things now, and even complain when a website takes more than seconds to download (seriously?). I have chosen to go online to find additional information on a story headline I have seen passing a print paper in a Starbucks. I enjoy the value of finding the information I need in the spare time that I have. The other great point you brought up is the ability to expand greatly when you are involved with online news. If you are reading a story and find something questionable, you can find alternative news stories for verification or do your own research altogether. It is a tool that allows for more than what a traditional news source can offer. If a subject is truly engaging, you can find much more information than a paper has space or a t.v. tome gets slotted. It is also set up so that story headlines can still get caught as they are off to the side. It is similar to a news paper headlines listed on the front, and putting “more of the story on P.8”. I can see how online news is taking precedence in today’s media. I wonder if precedent will become dominance- which is actually a point I took from Jake Mudd’s presentation. I think your subject was interesting and your points were laid out very well!

  4. I think I’m definitely power user of online news because it’s easy and convenient. I can look news whenever I want and pick specific news what I’m interested in. I usually get news from Google and Daum which is a Korean search engine but also from my friends’ blogs or others’ blogs that are added on my favorites. Reason why I like to read news on blogs is I can read news and various opinions at once. Overall, I’m sure that people who get online news are increasing as you stated.

  5. I consider myself a casual user of online news, however it is definitely my main source for getting news. Not only is it the most convenient way for me to get my news (I can read it from my computer and my phone) but also I enjoy being able to hear other people’s opinions on articles and the broad range of articles online. We are no longer limited to Big Media and now anyone can write about what they want and be published online. While I like being able to read non-Big Media sources, I still mainly go to The New York Times online for news. As far as what I think the future is for Online News, I think that more and more organizations will focus on getting their news online (rather than print) and more and more people will use convert to getting their news online (my family now just gets the Sunday Times in print, while we used to get both The Seattle Times and The New York Times everyday). It is important to use filters in order to see what you want to see and to be sure and check your sources to make sure they are valid.

  6. Haven’t seen your presentation but the topic is interesting. Nowadays, people go to online news out of convenience. I go on online news sites everyday. Mainly the mornings when I wake up. It’s easy because I can multi-task on the computer such as reading the news, checking my email, and chatting on Facebook. I definitely prefer going online rather than watching it on TV or reading the newspaper because of the convenience. You have the ability to click on whatever topic you want to read about instead of looking around for it on a newspaper or waiting to see what happens during television news. I believe I am a power use of online news because I go to it everyday.

    The future of online news is going to be big. Newspaper companies are having a hard time because a lot of their subscribers quit to go read online. The convenience is the big part of online news. You can access it on your laptop or phone. So, you always have it on the go. The newspaper does not constantly update you either, plus you can’t bring the TV with you. So, in the future, online news will play a big role in our culture.

  7. I completely agree that immediacy and the ability to customize news feeds is a big plus for online news. If there are any ongoing events I do not turn to the paper that was printed that morning or my TV (since I don’t have a TV setup). When I need relevant news I turn to the internet. From the internet I can quickly sift through multiple sources and gain different perspectives. I would be quite lost without online news.

    As for the future of online news… I am fairly optimistic that it will improve. Blogs are giving official news branches a run for their money in some cases. And, I rarely read print media, excepting for technical magazines. Where I do see a future, it is going to be in content delivery and consumption. Already RSS feeds are allowing people to be alert for news without having to constantly monitor. What will be great is better content filters or aggregators to help pick through biased media reports.

  8. I enjoyed attending your presentation. You got a lot of information from the article to support your statement. So overall you did a good job.
    However, what i think you could work on in the future is to try not to read lines directly off off your slides. (But i completely understand your incentive of doing that. I did that when i was nervous too. ) Instead of putting everything on the slide, what you can do is leaving some details in your hand cards and tell your audiences in the presentation.
    As to answer your question : what’s the future of online news, i think it is only going to grow bigger and bigger especially a lot of mainstream media are going online. That means online news started with a solid foot stone. However, the birth of one technology does not necessary mean the death of the other. Printing news has its own market. There are still people who choose prints over online. There are still people who prefer books over Kindle. So i would say, yes online news sites do seem to have a good way to start off. But its hard to say whether it would completely replace the role of prints news.

  9. Hey great job on you’re presentation! I really enjoyed your presentation because it was easy to understand and I could easily relate to it. So like I said I’m a casual user. I should check the news more often but I don’t. Most of the time it’s because I don’t think about it. If I say I don’t have time it would be an excuse because i’m online most of the day. I remember you said you were a power user and you have an app on your iphone. So I decided to get one. I got the CNN news app and I love it! It’s amazing! What I like about it the most is that it’s so convenient and I don’t have to check it, it updates me! Throughout the day, I’ll receive updates on current news without me having to go and look for it. It saves me so much time and I get more knowledge about what’s currently happening in the world! Thanks!

  10. It’s easy to see the pattern as younger generations are coming up through the years. They are being exposed to far more technology and getting to learning how to use them at much younger ages. This is becoming more and more the norm through each generation. Many of my peers in college are not reading papers but looking online for news. While I can’t be sure, I am leaning to the possibility that in 20-30 years we may not have newspapers at all. Unless, something dramatic or significant happens that forces us to return to older technologies and have access to hard copies of a newspapers. Perhaps one day we will decide as a people we need to keep newspapers in business at all cost just so that we have emergency access to news if a city loses power for some reason. Not a bad idea. But, at the same time… soon everybody will have access to info on their phones via satellites.. so many people already do.

    When it comes to the idea of losing newspapers and/or television news to the online news as we know it today… the only problem I have with that is in the event of an emergency. It’s always good to have multiple ways to reach vital information. If for some reason access to one is impossible, there’s a backup to get that information.

    During Hurricane Katrina and all the flooding… no one had power.. that means no internet access unless you have a phone that can get on the internet via satellite… their only source of news was the papers. This would be an example of an emergency that benefitted from having a newspaper.

  11. I agree that online news plays an important role in our daily life today, and the technology will keep improving as well. However, although the print paper are reducing, I do not think it will disappear someday. Because there must still has someone who need it. From your presentation, l find that your arguments are reliable because most of them are supported by the article that we read this week. Your have a strong sense of this topic which make your point of view easy to understand. I personally very rely on the Internet, I gain new information and knowledge form it almost everyday. I also like to read blog for knowing what people is thinking about and how people react with the world. I think nowadays, we are living in a global village that we can easily communicate with people all over the world but just live in our little home. With the Internet, I feel like I connect to the world.

  12. Nice presentation. Like most, it’s rare that I’m buying physical media. I bought and read a newspaper everyday in high school, but increasingly became frustrated with the experience of reading interesting pieces and having no way (from the medium) to delve deeper. Some see newspapers as sticking around for those who like to read them and perhaps they will for another generation, but it simply doesn’t make sense to cater for the laggers – especially when the alternative is a dramatically richer experience.

  13. I am definitely not a power reader. Online news has a lot of advantages, like it help us save time, get fresher news, so on and so force. But after Monday’s class, I was thinking about the future of the paper news, even paper books. Personally I love the feeling of reading a real book. Hold the book in my hand make me feel peaceful. I am kind afraid of the paper news and paper books will disappear someday. But there are always different advantages and disadvantage in everything.

  14. I didn’t get to see your presentation but your topic definitely caught my eye and investigating why people use online news seems like a very good place to start examining the transformation the news and more specifically the journalism industry has gone through. Many of the advantages to online news are obvious such as the ones pointed out in the video: flexibility, increased capacity, and immediacy.

    I think the most overlooked advantage and perhaps the most influential aspect of online news is that it allows readers to talk back. No other medium allows people to do this. If we think about the television, the radio, and print, these mediums are forms of one way communication. The viewer or reader can not converse with the author, speaker, or actor. This has its advantages as well as disadvantages. With print, the author’s words are not subject to much discussion but with online news an author can be criticized, critiqued or asked to explain themselves further. Online news allows for the exchanging of ideas and in my opinion this can only help society because in a sense we all know that “two brains are better than one,” and conversing with each other provides each of us with increased knowledge, opinions, and perspectives that we may not have otherwise had.

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