As commonplace as it is now, the consummation of news through the Internet wasn’t always the way things were.
The rise of the Internet in the mid-90s showed great potential for the world of news media. News companies could post stories around the clock instead of just a few times a day, or once a day in the case of newspapers.
On top of that, the use of multimedia allowed for consumers to receive their news in a variety of different ways, although that is more of a newer development. The combination of text, photos and videos allow for consumers to receive their news in a variety of different ways. The visual appeal is something a typical newspaper could never compete with.
The beginning of the Internet also broke open the stranglehold over news that the old media outlets rarely had to deal with. If breaking news came about, it could be instantly published, while newspapers could possibly wait to make sure all their facts were correct before publishing in the previous era.
It also has allowed for more people to become more involved with producing news, which is still for debate on whether it is a good or bad thing. The growth of blogs has allowed for people to put their own spins and opinions on the happenings of the world. Although people don’t usually receive much of a financial reward, it still allows for them to get their feet wet in the world of journalism.
The growth of cable news began the crumbling of the formal news cycle, but the growth of the Internet completely shattered it. Stories and breaking news could be put up at any time of day, forcing reporters and newsrooms to work faster and more frantically.
The Internet also allows for consumers to pick what they want to look at, rather than being forced to go to their local newspaper or TV station for news. The rise of Google and other search engines allowed for online users to type in a simple phrase to find their news.
For example, typing in “Osama Bin Laden death” on May 1st would bring forth stories from hundreds of media outlets, with the user being in control of what they wanted to read.
The Internet has also allowed for users to pick “niche” places to look for news rather than getting broad news from one outlet. This hurts newspapers and broadcast outlets because they attempt to appeal to a wide-open audience.
The development of technology has hurt other industries before. The rise of illegal music downloading and iTunes broke open the music industry. The availability of TV shows online is hurting the television business. And the Internet is now shaping the world of journalism. While exciting, it is scary for the traditional outlets.