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jeremy | Tuesday April 21, 2009

Categories: GCSE, Eduqas (WJEC) GCSE, New Media, Digital Media, New Technologies, News, Intro to News, More on News

People get their news from many different outlets and not just one newspaper or radio or TV channel. It is not unusual for an individual to take a newspaper at home, read several online newspapers, watch BBC NEWS24, look at an alternative news website, get an RSS feed to a laptop, subscribe to news text messages sent to a mobile, subscribe to several news podcasts and contribute to a news blog – phew!

We still get most of our news from the traditional news providers. BBC Radio has 11 million listeners to all its morning (up to 9.00am) news/chat/music shows on local and national radio.
But the new enews formats are bringing news to more people, and enews is being generated from more different sources than ever before.

Newspapers still sell well, although sales are dropping, and there is arguably less news in the tabloids than ever before. News organisations use websites to increase ereaders, and stimulate different revenue streams. Some broadsheet newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian lose serious money and have to be financed by other sources. The Guardian is kept in print by its increasingly businesslike commercial arm Guardian Media Group which is investing heavily across the media including radio stations such as Classic FM (interestingly it has just pulled out of digital only radio stations). 

News is more than just more news

eNews is the new age of digital democracy. So what are the benefits of this 24/7 availability of diverse information, comment and news? A discussion could begin from these points:

  • A free press is the bedrock of a free democracy.
  • Enews offers greater news availability, and its core aspect of citizen journalism involves more people in the news gathering process and therefore in the democratic process.
  • Enews democratises the way we interact with the establishment and its processes.
  • Enews as part of social networking sites encourages debate and discourse.

This seems to be how the government is...


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