Where will we get our news?

The current information floating around about the future of the news industry hits upon the major question of where people will get their news. I believe that not only the technological innovations and Internet use of today’s culture will heavily determine the answer to this question. I also believe that the young generation’s news consumption is going to be an influence.

The evidence shows that young Americans are estranged from the daily newspaper and rely more heavily on the Internet and television for their news.  A few decades ago, there were not large differences in the news habits and daily information levels of younger and older Americans.  Today, many young people find a bit of news here and there and have no routine news consumption.

According to an article on Mashable, written by Jolie O’Dell, “In surveys conducted by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism, 34% of respondents said they read news online within the past 24 hours (as opposed to 31% who favored newspapers); and a full 41% said they get most of their news online, 10% more than those who said they got most of their news from a newspaper.”

In general, it can be said that text-based news audiences are dwindling. We all have been closely monitoring the web’s impact on journalism for some time now. We have looked at how the Internet is affecting newsrooms and newspapers and how it’s changing the way viewers and readers get news.

I think in the future perhaps by 2015 we all will look at the news industry like the music industry. Allow me to explain. There has always been music. The public has listened to music in various ways—live concerts, radio, vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, music television stations, mp3 players and other ways. People have always gotten news. They would sit in bars and listen to the locals talk about what is going on. They would read newspapers, listen to the radio, watch TV and currently go on the Internet. Newspapers are eventually going to be like the vinyl record or cassette. Newspapers will gradually get replaced with newer technology and preferences. There will never be a time when people just stop getting news; they only thing that changes is the vehicle that delivers the music—I mean news.