Week #5 – Newspapers

Week #5 – Newspapers

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Class recording from Zoom on 9/28/22


Passcode: v3?#a5DL


Some History of Newspapers:

(A simple Google search brings up many examples, what can you find and share? Here are a few various snippets from the Web)




Discussion in Class

  • How many of us in our class subscribe to (or at least read) a daily newspaper? How many read a daily paper online? How does that compare with the general adult population – and with young Americans as a group? What do these demographic trends say about the future of newspapers?
  • How many of us are news “junkies”? Meaning, one who checks the news several times a day. What are the most popular sources for getting news (such as the newspaper, television, radio and the Internet). Are news junkies really better informed than people who read a newspaper once a day?
  • How do you get your news? Who are your favorite news bloggers, columnists, or reporters? How does the source (either the reporter or medium) affect the credibility of the story being reported?

Let us watch the first 31 minutes of the documentary “Page One” below.

Think about the following questions: (then add your response to the comments section below as our discussion board assignment for tis week)

  1. Many believe that journalism is an important part of our society. Without good journalism, our democracy will be in jeopardy. Do you believe in this viewpoint?
  2. Many newspapers are struggling. Are you willing to pay for a paper or digital subscription to support the newspaper industry? Explain why or why not.
  3. Many people get their news from television and the Internet. Do you think newspapers provide a different kind of journalism?

“Page One” – https://vimeo.com/203886766/3ea4a7c5b3

Please write a 150 – 300-word response and post it into the comments section below, preferably by our next class time. You will also need to comment on one of your classmates’ responses by the following week as well. Engage!

(***I strongly suggest that you generate your response(s) using a word processing application like ms word, pages or notes first, make the necessary spelling and grammatical corrections and then copy and paste your work into the comments section below***)





Excerpts from CHAPTER 4

**Although the textbook is not mandatory for our class, I will reference it and share excerpts and info from it – I do find that you may find it helpful as a companion, as well as a resource for your final term paper. (The book’s info is on the course syllabus page.)


Wrestling with commercial interests & political powers (Media conglomeration)

Press Freedom
(Reporters without borders) <– website URL

Censorship VS. national national interest (Wikileaks, Edward Snowden)

Social responsibility and journalism ethics (Food Lion)

1690 First American newspaper, Public Occurrences, published.
1773 John Peter Zenger trial establishes truth as a defense for press against libel charges.
1783 First daily newspaper published in America, Pennsylvania Evening Post, and Daily Advertiser.
1833 First penny press, The New York Sun, begins publication.
1878 New Journalism movement originated by Joseph Pulitzer.
1972 Watergate scandal inspires new era of investigative journalism
USA Today national daily launched.
1994 The World Wide Web signals a change in the newspaper industry.
2004 Political blogs rival newspaper columns.
2009 Detroit Free Press and Detroit News begin hybrid model of three-day home delivery supplemented by online delivery.

Early newsletters read aloud to the public
Daily Courant (1702) – England’s first daily newspaper
First colonial newspaper – Publick Occurrences (1690)
American publishers criticize British rule
Zenger case (1733) – Libel defined
“True statements are not libelous”
Editorial cartoon – Ben Franklin (1754)

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Newspapers reflected diverse political views
Native American press
Cherokee Phoenix
African-American press
Freedom’s Journal (1827 in NYC)
North Star (1847 by Frederick Douglass)

1800s: better printing technology
Growing literacy, higher wages
The New York Sun: First low-cost daily mass newspaper (1833)
Had to rely on advertising and paper boys
Modern journalism started to evolve
Rise of telegraph (Morse) and Associated Press (AP)
Lowered costs
More general-interest news
Wider appeal
More objective

Started in in 1892
operates 243 bureaus in 120 countries
Published by more than 1700 newspapers and 5000 broadcasters
“Inverted pyramid” style

Newspapers expanded westward
Mark Twain began career as a newspaper journalist
Coverage of Civil War
“New journalism”
Lively, sensational; crusaded against corruption
First newspaper photos by Matthew Brady

Late 1800s; rivalry between Pulitzer (NY World) and Hearst (NY Journal)
“The Yellow Kid”
Fierce competition
Decline in journalists’ ethics
Over-the-top stories and fake interviews

Elected Congressman from New York’s 9th District
The money he bequeathed to found Columbia Journalism School in 1912
The money he bequeathed to Columbia University founded the Pulitzer Prize in 1917

Journalism grew as respectable profession
By-lines, higher salaries
Focus on social conditions
New York Times, Chicago Tribune emerged as serious newspapers
Progressive era (early 1900s), muckraking reflected society’s desire for reform

Peaked as a mass medium between 1890 and 1920
1900: 1,967 U.S. dailies, 562 cities with competing papers
Mergers, consolidation cut number of papers
Hurt papers’ quality, diversity

World Wars I and II (CPI & OWI)
Social responsibility model
Rise of journalism schools (Columbia, CUNY, NYU, Syracuse, Stony Brook)
Professional associations
Codes of ethics (Society of Professional Journalists)

Competition from radio, TV
Chains own dailies, weeklies, TV stations
Rise in community papers
Citizen journalism growing
Professional, amateur journalists

Journalists watching for government mistakes, public deception
Vietnam War – Pentagon Papers
Watergate coverage led to Nixon’s resignation (Deep Throat)

News-gathering, Computer-assisted Reporting, big data
Convergence (integration of media) – get it out and fix it later
Backpack journalism – more interactive
Online and mobile news
Focus on community news
Tablets = reading more news
Digital means lower costs for publishers
“Daily Me” – customization
Twitter and blogs

Mass audiences still exist for news; combination of traditional, digital outlets
National dailies: Wall Street Journal and USA Today
Suburban/metro dailies
Hybrid system
Local, alternative weeklies
News wire services, syndicates

Newspaper sections
International, national, local
Editorial and commentary
Sports, business, lifestyles, entertainment, comics
Classified advertising
Online sections even narrower

Most adults get news from a mobile device
They also get their news from a variety of outlets
Circulation = print and digital audience…in most cases

Monopoly paper may reflect single editorial perspective
Government has relaxed media ownership restrictions
Joint operating agreements (JOA) may preserve newspapers- DFF & DN share facilities
but keep writers separate; publishes separate weekday editions but combined weekend editions

Newspapers more protected than radio or TV in U.S.
Can take unpopular stands (McCarthyism)
Other countries: Journalists censored, fired, even killed (Daniel Pearl of WSJ 2002)

Accuracy, objectivity
Ethics linked to credibility, economic success
Possible trouble areas:
Anonymous sources

Treatment of public figures
Libel (print) v.s. Slander (say): false and defamatory
Private citizens protected
Tabloid journalism
Sensational coverage (Perez Hilton)
Pay sources for information

Investigative reporting
1960s and ‘70s: Watergate, Vietnam
Blogs’ watchdog role
Often partisan
Driven by political passion

News elements help determine what is “news”-Timeliness, significance,
proximity, prominence, human interest, relevance, conflict, controversy
Watchdog journalism sells news
Our perception of news is changing
Editors and “gatekeeping”


58 thoughts on “Week #5 – Newspapers”

  1. I would say journalism is needed in society because it allows us to be kept up to date with any news, especially within the political world. Journalists dedicate their time and energy to getting the hard-seeking truth to the public, so everyone is known about it. Investigating, in general, is one of the most complex skills to learn because society has a lot to uncover and a lot of questions that need answers which journalists take their time doing for the world. Without them, things such as misinformation or trust can lead to chaos. People today consider journalists as good people who give out the correct information, so without them; there could be a lot of situations where people get the wrong information.

    I don’t usually read or pay for newspapers, but I get excited to see one. I feel like I am holding ancient history because the newspaper has been in the world forever, and I rarely saw a newspaper in my house since I was a kid. Tv, car radio, and phone were the sources to get the news. I instead hold them than read them since the font is small, and I can use google; sometimes, I will read them just to see what’s on them. Thanks to technology today, I don’t know why you pay for news when you can get it for free.

    Most of the news I receive comes from Youtube because instead of watching the news on TV, you can search them, such as Fox News and ABC7, on youtube, giving up the information we need, and its easier to search for specific information on the search up than rewinding it to find it. I feel the digital world of news surpasses physical paper because it’s easier to access nowadays.

  2. I do agree with the statement that journalism is an important part of our society and without good journalism our democracy would be in jeopardy. Although I am not a big consumer in news/journalism I do firmly believe in good journalism and the benefits of such.
    In theory, I would be willing to pay for a subscription to keep that industry alive, but do I ? No, because information is so accessible to us, for free. But the beauty and benefits of that tactile experience is something I would always stand behind. But, in the day and age of ‘minimalism’ and ‘aesthetics’, I would not want to keep a entire physical newspaper in my home, that is most likely 90% filled with things that I have no interest in.

    The content inside newspapers most definitely provide a different kind of journalism. The information on social media platforms is curated to be more gossip like. The news on the television are more curated for certain demographics for who tunes in because that’s how they get paid. I do believe some television journalism will give a raw sense of the news. Although I am not a heavy news consumer to have a informed opinion, I think Rachel Maddow on CNN, is a great example of good TV journalism. Yes she speaks heavily from her political stance, but her tone and delivery never feels irrational. She would explain herself and break down WHY she makes a statement. And Robin Roberts, is also a good example of TV journalism. I believe she is most strong when interviewing.

  3. Many believe that journalism is an important part of our society. Without good journalism, our democracy will be in jeopardy. Do you believe in this viewpoint?

    – I believe good journalism is an important part of our society. However, I don’t believe our democracy will be in jeopardy because of bad journalism. Before the digital era that were in now most people got their news from newspaper. During that era their were bad newspaper with journalists who didn’t care if their reports were accurate as long as they got the attention they were looking for. Most of the time it wasn’t the journalist fault for bad reporting of the news in printed media especially towards the end of the era. There was a great deduction in the budget of news organization which greatly effected the quality of the repots. Also, newspaper had to reduce their staff in order to stay in business which left many people report being unchecked for accuracy.

    Many newspapers are struggling. Are you willing to pay for a paper or digital subscription to support the newspaper industry? Explain why or why not.

    – No I’m not welling to pay for a paper or digital subscription to support the industry because I’m already getting my information from several reliable sources. I already know the newspaper either printed or digital is propaganda anyways. Therefor their telling the masses what they want us to know and skewing our minds to fit their agenda.

    Many people get their news from television and the Internet. Do you think newspapers provide a different kind of journalism?

    – I no longer think the newspaper provide a different kind of journalism in this day and age maybe in their earlier years when they actually cared and put enough time/effort into their reporting.

    1. Thank you, we must be aware of what we being exposed to, when to turn it off and when to shut it down. Its a challenge sometimes as we are so distracted – amazing how “human attention” has become the biggest commodity 🙁

  4. I believe in this viewpoint. Without good journalism, our democracy will definitely be in jeopardy. A well-informed society is required for a democracy to function. That is why journalism is so vital. It enables individuals to make informed choices about policies that affect their lives. Journalism is important because it keeps individuals up to date on what is going on in the world. In society, it is more important to be aware of what is going on outside of one’s immediate community. I am willing to pay for a digital subscription to support the newspaper industry. With a digital subscription, I can read anywhere. The digital version will enable me to use highlighting tools; and this would be easy, helpful, and fun when reading articles. I don’t prefer to have the paper because I would have to lug the paper around which would be so uncomfortable. I think newspapers provide a different kind of journalism because the writing that is done for online news and the writing that is done for printed newspapers differ greatly from one another. The sourcing is different, and the style is also different. Online news for instance, might want to keep it brief to maintain the individual’s interest. The sourcing for print versions on the other hand is very strict. Nothing that hasn’t been verified may be printed. But you can link to the source material online to check your facts.

  5. I do agree with that without good journalism, our democracy is jeopardized. Journalism provides unbiased news without anything but facts. Although there are some stations that do provide biased news information, I think it is very known which ones are and if people decided to tune in, then that’s their decision.

    Honestly I wouldn’t pay a subscription to support the newspaper industry. Honestly I don’t really watch the news as bad as that sounds, but I do get my news information without me even looking for it. All the apps we use today provide users with daily news. I think it’s just up to the user to do further research if it’s true or not.

    I think that of all the news outlets, newspapers provide the most real and factual news compared to television or the internet. As mentioned before, there are a few stations such as CNN that provide biased news. Even on the internet I come into a lot of fake news

    1. Thank you, crazy how much bad news / fake news / propaganda there is… I laugh out loud sometimes in such amazement that some things actually get published… then I get really scarred as I realize there is a someone who may believe it.. yikes

  6. I do believe that journalism is a very important part of our society and I do believe that without good journalism, our democracy will be in jeopardy. I think we can see that clearly with Fox and CNN, for example, over the past few years they have been taking shots at each other for the lack of accuracy or great journalism for that matter in the case of the pandemic. I think for a country to have good journalism, a person’s personal belief cannot heavily influence the way he or she relays information to the public as that creates more harm and good. I also believe that journalists need to do thorough research with evidence and proof than attempting to be the first ones to break news. I believe that lately the inexperienced journalists that are passing off as “professionals” are just a step ahead of social media bloggers. As for subscribing to any newspaper industry paper or digital, I would not pay for any subscription just because I am of the impression that once important information is out there, it should be free to the public and I say important because anything else is irrelevant to me. Most papers make money from running ads and other services that they might provide, I feel like if a company is struggling, they need to go back to the drawing board and assess the newspaper company and make the appropriate changes. I do not think that newspaper provides a different kind of journalism per se, I just think it is more tangible.

  7. I believe that journalism is an important part of society and that it also plays a role in our democracy so without it I would say that yes, our democracy would indeed be in jeopardy. I feel that if we get our information by just one single source, we wouldn’t know if that source manipulated the story. That is why we should view many sources when investigating a story of any sort, we shouldn’t just get our news from one place alone, but of many different sources, many different journalists. That’s what I do, I don’t just look at one source, but I look at other sources to see what opinions others share, what insights others provide and perhaps it can help me get a better perspective of the overall news I’m reading rather than just one person’s opinion. I would help with a digital subscription, I spent most time reading on my computer or phone so its more convenient, so to pay $1 a week (which is what The New York Times is offering) I would. Its not expensive, its more convenient and it helps keep other voices heard and not just one single voice heard. Journalism can provide a more personal way of voicing out your thoughts on a story rather than television which usually is just certain companies that share stories, but these companies can many times manipulate the story and we wouldn’t know if we just see the tv. We need journalism to gain new perspectives and get a better view of what the world actually is.

  8. Personally I don’t subscribe to newspapers. I feel like information & current events are so free flowing online that there’s no point to it nowadays except for novelty I guess. You’d realize that newspapers are more popular among an older demographic than with the younger crowd, but that may be indicative that paper is on the way out.

    I believe that “good” journalism is significant within democracy especially, because if everyone is well informed in society it allows them to make decisions based on all the facts & no agenda. I wouldn’t spend money on a newspaper service because news is free online but it definitely has a local quality to it, you’re more likely to see things that affect your immediate community in your local newspaper.

    1. In a way its very cool how news can come to users without them having to search for it. As you said, its free flowing. Although sometimes we have to be careful because there is a lot of fake news too!

    2. I also do not subscribe to newspaper. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free. I use to work for a company that handle Newsday customers to remind them to pay for their subscription or to renew their prescription. Most of the customers would tell me they did not remember subscribing to Newsday and to cancel their prescription.

  9. Sorry for the late response but pertaining to this discussion I would say that journalism is super important for our society. It allows us to be kept up to date with the most important moments in the political world. If there was no journalism in our democracy I think it would be in jeopardy. Journalist uncover the hard hitting truth and because of their investigative skills the public can be in the known of what goes wrong. If the political officials get away with their schemes only benefiting them and hurting the people they should be exposed and forced to pay the consequences. Journalism is truth and it should never be censored or hidden.

    To be honest I do not care for newspapers. I do not find them useful for me because some of the font is too small and it can get annoying flipping or folding the big pages. I would also never pay for a subscription to a digital newspaper when google is free. I can find many free articles online that will keep me up to date without giving up a cent. I find newspaper as previously written useless for me because anything I need to know can be found on social media which can be explained in a way I can better understand. In this time newspapers do not fit anymore unless you are willing to spend which I am not.

    Most of the news I receive comes from the internet to be more specific from TikTok or Instagram. I find it simpler to be informed online because it is simple and straight forward not long articles in small fonts. I think newspapers might provide a different side of journalism because it is associated with the old school. However, it is becoming obsolete because everything is being reported online. Digital is starting to take the space of physical paper which to me is fine.

  10. Journalism exists to reveal what someone wishes to remain hidden, to refute claims made by those in positions of power or those vying for them, to enlighten the public about the excellent or terrible management of our shared resources, or to put it more precisely to empower the informed. True excellent journalism, on the other hand, will cover a subject in its totality and provide both sides of the story. Unfortunately, prejudice is a very human trait, and it can be challenging to discuss or communicate anything without incorporating or establishing a bias. It is so important to have transparency in journalism. Audiences may understand how one piece of news can be more reliable than another when reporters are open about their journalistic procedures. Additionally, transparency makes it possible for the audience to comprehend the publisher’s goals, the journalist’s area of expertise, and the editorial and editing procedures used to create the piece.Now a days many newspapers are having trouble because many people are using the digital space. I’m not willing to pay for a digital subscription.It makes no sense to pay for sources that are readily available elsewhere for free. In our modern era of technology we are getting news updates every minute on our phones and computers. The majority of the material that emerges on television and the internet is also in the newspaper, therefore in my opinion, it offers the same journalism.

    1. I really liked how you spoke on how prejudice can impact on the truth of journalism. In today’s world most people let their own biases impact on how they speak on the truth. They prefer to make the bad seem good because it can benefit them. Your own success should never impact on how journalism should be spread. Only truth is what matters to the people who read or listen to the news.

  11. In a democracy, it is essential to have good journalism because It keeps people informed about what is happening in the world around them. It allows citizens to make informed decisions about the policies that affect their lives. I would pay for a digital subscription rather than paper because it is easier to deal with. Newspapers take up space and can be messy sometimes. A digital version can be accessed at any time, any place. I feel more organized with less. I think the newspaper provides the same journalism because most information that appears on tv and the internet is also in the newspaper

    1. I agree. I think that we also connect to the energy and rapport of the journalists that we like, or simply resonate with. Im still torn about getting a consistent digital newspaper subscription, I think that I need better consistency habits with reading it, but the Internet always distracts me…

    2. Hey Faith good post,

      I agree with you own going digital when it comes to newspapers because it is a waste of paper. Going digital is better and not wasteful. I would go with a digital subscription if I were into reading newspapers.

    3. Hi Faith, I agree that in a democracy, it is very important to have good journalism due to the fact that it allows one to know current events or what is going on in the world. When it comes to supporting the newspaper industry, I would also pay for a digital subscription because it is much easier to handle compared to a printed newspaper. Printed newspapers really take up space!

  12. Journalism is definitely an important part of our society. Journalism easily has a hold on how people will view certain topics. We all know how bias can form and bad journalism is the fastest way to create those one-sided views that can alter a story or topic to what the person sees best fit. However true good journalism will establish a topic for its entirety and show all perspectives of the situation. Unfortunately it’s very human to form bias and can be difficult to talk or share about something without including or forming a bias/opinion. I do think it’s crucial that people try their best when reading or watching the news to see all sides. I unfortunately like many people who have a lot of subscriptions and as a college student who is not the richest will not pay for a news subscription. There is always a way to get information and news without having to pay for it. Thankfully, with CUNY we actually have access to newspapers free of cost, so I would rather utilize those than pay with my own money. I understand the industry is going down but to be honest I like to read my news from social media as I can get a well rounded opinion on something. I don’t think the newspaper industry will die down as these companies are changing how they share the information to all types of formats and become more universal. I do believe newspapers provide a different type of journalism as they can have real researched evidence to back it up. On the internet and social media, many people provide information with no real background and just an opinion. An example can be the pandemic and the massive spread of “fake news” in Trump’s words. It’s so easy to manipulate information into your viewpoint online, unlike newspapers. Newspapers risk their credibility when they release information with false information. However, I am Gen Z and will unfortunately stick to the internet and social media for the latest news.

    1. Well said and great points! The trouble is, in such a fast paced world, do we have the “bandwidth” to filter the fake news? This is where I am challenging myself the most, always do more research and look for the contrasts.

    2. Hey Jeinine,

      I totally agree with you on the digital subscription point as a college student there is no need to spend extra money on newspapers. I already have to juggle work and school and spending money feels a little unnecessary.

  13. Journalism is a significant piece of our general public since we can get a great deal of basic data from it, for example, what is happening in this day and age occasions and what the political heads of the world figure about specific circumstances and how they can assist with bettering their country. I feel that news is vital and admittance to data can represent the deciding moment your everyday existence except I don’t think I’m willing to burn through cash on a paper or buy in for a computerized membership when data is more straightforward to get to on the web. Despite the fact that online entertainment and web perusing calculations can reflect human predispositions, these two stages are likewise intensely enhanced and with a touch of decisive reasoning and with a touch of source bouncing you can find a good pace with recent developments without the heaviness of human blunder slanting the story hugely.

    1. So well said here, I agree! What worries me is do we do enough of our own research and challenge it consistently? Or do we fall into the “busy busy” trap and begin to default to patterns that economize how we stay informed? We are such creates of habit… for better or for worse. I grapple with the news subscription thing!

    2. Hey Umar,

      To be honest, I’m the same way when it comes to news subscriptions. It’s pointless to pay for sources that can easily be accessed for free elsewhere. It’s honestly a lot easier for the people, but given these companies are money hungry I don’t think this will last longer. The access to free resources will probably not be an option in the future and everything will cost money to access. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Journalism is an important part of our society because we can obtain a lot of critical information from it such as what is going on in today’s world events and what the political leaders of the world think about certain situations and how they can help better their country. Many people will say without good journalism then our democracy will have problems and I agree with this notion. I agree with this statement because journalism provides a pathway as people can speak and say whatever they want and tell people what is going on in the world, so they can formulate their own opinions on certain topics. If journalism was controlled then that would mean that everything would not be true and we would be misinformed and that would cause havoc in our daily lives as we would be blinded to many truths. I will be able to pay for extra newspapers to support the newspaper industry as some of them offer an interesting point of view of what is going on and they might have inside scoop on certain matters. The newspaper industry should not be dead and should instead be revitalized as another experience to the public and another take. I think that newspapers offer a different type of journalism that can bring another perspective of certain events going on in the world. This is why I like newspapers for their different perspectives on the events.

    1. I agree with your statement on how journalism opens up the door for different opinions. Good journalism allows the reader to develop different view points on different topics. When journalism is unbiased we can make rational chocies and not ones made by biased truths.

  15. I believe that without good journalism, our democracy is in jeopardy because journalists can warp how we see the world based on the way the journalist present information. In my opinion, the increasingly violent polarization in American politics and the increasing radicalization of the American Populus can be attributed to what information is presented or not presented when telling the event in order to suit a specific agenda regardless of where the presenter stands on the political compass.

    I think that news is very important and access to information can make or break your daily life but I don’t think I am willing to spend money on a paper or subscribe for a digital subscription when information is easier to access online. Even though social media and web browsing algorithms can reflect human biases, these two platforms are also heavily diversified and with a bit of critical thinking and with a bit of source hopping you can get up to speed with current events without the weight of human error skewing the story massively.

    Newspapers are a medium, they present news in a way that television and the internet are unable to do. The reason why people read newspapers is similar to the reason why people still buy and read books despite the existence of EBooks. These are alternative ways to consume news, one news medium is not the only objective news medium. There will always be room for newspapers in this growing digitized landscape.

    1. I agree with you that without good journalism, our democracy is in jeopardy, because good journalism provides different sets of perspective when sharing their stories. I like how you mentioned the part of the agenda, that “the increasingly violent polarization in American politics and the increasing radicalization of the American Populus can be attributed…” , I feel this a very strong and powerful statement because how real and honest it is, information being manipulated to keep up with a specific agenda is a risk entirely of our democracy and it would also impact our freedom of speech. I would also agree with your statement about newspapers being a medium, they are not manipulated words to suit a televised ‘network’ company that might be driven by different parties which again falls into manipulating the audience with what is shown, that is something that newspapers is less of risk on, because of the amount of journalist that are out there, we wont be getting our information from one single source from many, and that’s the beauty of the expression of freedom of speech. Thank you for your response Ethan!

    2. Ethan
      I agree, when it comes to your own preference of medium, some newspapers journalist write with their own opinions into the story and can do a retraction of the same story the next day. when the daily tv news outlets present new or current events it has to reach a mass amount of people and has to be unbias in their opinions or someone could be offended.

  16. After viewing the first part of the video, I soon realized just like many if not all companies, The New York Times is not immune to having to deal with this new type of media. Personally, I get all my news from the internet. One thing that the paper company has going for itself is its reputation. Many people buy the Times because of its reliability. With that being said the problem with the newspaper is the length of time you have to wait for the news. When you get your information online, you can literally view the report in real-time. Mr. Brian Stelter said stated he doesn’t understand how you can someone be a journalist and not have a Twitter. News that his co-workers were bringing up midday he had already known about via Twitter the night before. The time it takes for newspapers to decide whether they want to print the story and gather the facts, most people would have known about it and moved on. Also, today everyone has a cellphone which works against newspapers such as the New York Times. Why would I go out of my way trying to find a paper when I most likely will be able to find exactly what they’re talking about online?

    1. Indeed, indeed, all good points! So true – “When you get your information online, you can literally view the report in real-time.”
      The “In-Real-Time” component was a game changer for sure, how can people possibly go backwards?

    2. I think the news was becoming easier and quicker to access even before the internet. Before that, we had 24-hour news cycles on television and before that, we had radio broadcasts. Do you think that the move away from news cycles was an inevitability even with the internet?

    3. Hello, Marshall I agree with your points and I feel that you make good suggestions such as the internet is already doing it’s job and there is no point in having a newspaper company come in and do the the samething. I would just say that the newspaper industry can offer a different perspective on certain events and it may reach a different audience that may not be on the internet

    4. Hi Marshall, It’s true that internet made a huge impact on paper newspaper industry. We are getting updates on every moments of this world by clicking on our phones. As Mr. Brain Stelter states he finds it incomprehensible that a journalist could exist without using Twitter. We can see this through out Trump presidency, what he posted his account became news the next day.

    5. I agree that when a news company has a reputable name more people will find it trustful. I also never put thought into that newspaper have to pick and decide what news they want to share. It could be to early or late to reveal those specific tyoe if stories.

  17. Since having apple products, I have subscribed to apple news, I usually forget I have it and end up paying for a few months, but while I’m working from home I am, read the news on the browsers, and I find it more convenient to read it online when I already in front of a computer screen for 8 to 10 hours a day.

    I wouldn’t consider myself a news junkie, but I do find myself tuning into world news now more often than usual, well especially now with covid and war,

    I’m streaming the news online through web browsers as well through streaming platforms like amazon firestick. I usually watch CNN, and USA today, as well as entertainment blogs.

    1. Hi, Tracey, I like your response! I took wouldn’t consider myself a news junkie. The news tends to bring me worrisome thoughts, so I tend to stay away from it whenever possible. I get really stressed when I watched the news and see all the terrible crimes and current events going on. But the news is important and we should all pay more attention to it.

    2. Hey Tracey,
      My family is actually a big international news junkie. We never watch American news channel unless there’s a president election. Even when the news is American related, they’ll still use international news channels. I’m not sure if it’s because back home they’d always watch international news as well, but I also know that it’s because their views usually never fully align with the opinions that are in American news channels. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Despite the fact that news may be interesting or even entertaining, its primary value is as a tool for empowering the informed to make informed decisions. Journalism has the mission of providing citizens with the information they need to make the best possible choices about their lives, their communities, their societies, and their governments by providing them with the information they need. There is no doubt in my mind that journalism plays a vital role in the development of our society. Our democracy is in jeopardy without good journalism because it helps to raise new voices to be heard, it gives many different viewpoints, and it’s a great way to keep up with the latest news. 
    Personally, I wouldn’t buy a newspaper or pay for a digital subscription because I simply don’t watch the news or read about it for that matter. The news tends to bring me worrisome thoughts, so I tend to stay away from it whenever possible. As well to this, I feel that paper copies of newspapers are also a waste of money, and trees as well, since as soon as you’re done reading that paper, all the headlines and advertisements and the paper just end up in the trash. And even when I do catch up on what’s going on in the news, I mostly obtained that knowledge from social media, which is not always the best option my opinion. In today’s society, most of our news is digital, and our smart devices are more accessible to the news media, making it more convenient for us to just read the news online rather than buy a paper/subscription. However, I do feel that newspapers provide a different kind of journalism because it takes more steps, time, effort, and a longer process to write a headline and have it published in the newspaper. The writer’s hard work, time, and efficiency are in that paper, and they will put their best work forward to show the world.

    1. News is considered a form of entertainment and aside from newspaper sales and subscriptions a lot of News Outlets make a lot of money from their advertisement blocks. A more cynical outlook on news that I’ve noticed and I’ve somewhat adopted myself is that News Media’s sole purpose is to keep people engaged, they do this by reporting on stories that are sensation and grand most of the time rather than current events that would be considered boring. With that being said do you think that News Media leans towards being more entertaining or more informative? And do you think that there is a way that news media can balance appeasing advertisers, while also relaying information to the masses in a truthful manner?

    2. The paper was definitely part of people’s everyday life. I remember when I lived with my uncle, he religiously would read the paper every day after he came home from work. I’m like you, in the sense of not wanting to watch and listen to the news regularly. I do agree with you about journalist writing in the paper. They are professionals and although some of it may not be factual information, at least we are not getting the information from a random person off the street who wants to write about a topic just to get famous.

    3. I agree that the news can cause worry for some. I also tend to avoid it because I do not need the stress of information that does not really impact me. Even if it does I will ignore it because the world always changes so what might be bad today could be nothing tomorrow.

    4. Hi Sarah, well said! I like how you made mention that journalism plays a vital role in the development of our society. Our democracy is indeed in jeopardy without good journalism because it’s a great way to keep individuals informed about the things happening in our world today. I also tend to find the news disturbing as it can give anxieties, but I think it is important to read or watch it. This way you are aware of what is happening around you.

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