The Changing Role of Newspapers and Magazines
Media are divided into two general categories: print and broadcast. Print media includes daily newspaper and magazine, which arrived on the scene late in the middle and beginning of the twentieth century respectively. Most individuals still receive their world news through newspaper and magazine publications. Broadcast media is any type of media that informs people about events around the world, generally by way of a medium that gives a voice to the narrator, often by means of a radio or television program.
One of the first forms of mass communication, radio and television, paved the way for more types of media outlets to emerge. The birth of mass communication media resulted in the development of new forms of mass communication. For example, the evolution of the telephone brought about the development of the TV set, and the development of the radio brought about the development of radio stations. Newspapers and magazines emerged as publishing houses, and newsprint became the medium of book-printing. All these media outlets were necessary for effective mass communication.
Today, there is considerable debate about press freedom and the definition of media. Many media sources such as the Internet, for instance, are not considered to be part of the traditional media. As a result, there is a debate over definitions and whether certain types of communication are even possible. There is widespread disregard for what constitutes “press,” “public media,” and “newspaper” because of its sometimes negative reputation with some segments of society. Some say that the press has become a powerful lobby, making changes in laws that allow censorship in order to protect their media sources.
One of the most popular forms of communication today is the Internet. Websites have taken the place of printed magazines and newspapers. In fact, many online publications are completely free, and they have helped to revolutionize the way that news is communicated. For instance, web-based magazines and newspapers are able to publish multimedia information such as images and videos. Audio and video are becoming increasingly popular on the Internet as well, allowing users to communicate more rapidly and easily.
Although some still consider Internet paper and magazines to be inferior to printed media, others see a silver lining. Digital technology is rapidly advancing, and new applications for web media are appearing every day. For instance, blogs are quickly replacing news articles in major publications because they can easily be updated, unlike traditional websites. Moreover, the Internet is becoming a popular replacement for printed classified ads, as well as traditional car ads and job listings. In addition, social networking has significantly impacted the role that newspapers and magazines play in our daily lives.
While it is impossible to eliminate the role of print media, it is clear that there is a definite battle occurring. It is interesting to note how attitudes towards the two different types of media have changed over time. A few years ago, newspapers and magazines were routinely referred to as “readers’ first newspapers and magazines.” Today, many people would describe them as “media alternatives” or “newspapers for a new generation.” Given this shift in public perception, it is likely that we will continue to see ever increasing changes in the decades to come. As the various types of media continue to change, it is inevitable that newspapers and magazines will become digital editions as well.