Goodbye Newspapers, Hello Internet

Digital is a huge conceptual change, a sociological change, a cluster bomb blowing apart who we are and how our world is ordered; how we see ourselves and how we live. It’s a change we’re in the middle of, so close up that sometimes it’s hard to see. But it is deeply profound and it is happening at an almost unbelievable speed.”  Katharine Viner, Deputy Editor of the Guardian and Editor-in-Chief of Guardian Australia. Digital journalism is definitely the way of the future and whether we like it or not, newspapers will soon be a thing of the past. Digital journalism is seen as more cost effective, free flowing and not fixed.  It is also user friendly, informative, more efficient and interactive. Geography becomes merely a parameter, instead of a limit. Multimedia executions allow for the creation of a more solid and informative argument. The digital concept is seen as exciting by some but feared by many. Personally I don’t know any different, from the age of 6 I had access to a computer and the internet, by age 12 I was creating my own websites but for those who haven’t grown up with the latest technology the threat of digital journalism is real. In 2012 the newspaper of my hometown, Kiama, underwent substantial change transforming from a paid to a free newspaper which is now delivered to over 7000 homes across the town. Described as one of Australia’s oldest and proudest mastheads, the Kiama Independent which was first published in 1863 was forced make these changes as declining sales hindered the newspaper’s future. The newspaper now relies on advertisements and digital subscriptions to generate a profit. As time advances more and more newspapers will be faced with the same issues as they try to prolong their existence and the move in to the digital era. In the words of Alex Gamela “The best times for journalism are yet to come and for me there has never been a better time to be a journalist than now. The full possibilities are still being discovered, and there are so many ways to transmit information and tell stories, with a better understanding on the part of the users, that have more rich and meaningful experiences consuming them.”

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