Thursday, November 23, 2006

*Are You Local?

Sarah Radford, from Newbury Today, spoke about the online side of local papers.

Having spent a week working for The Falmouth Packet I had seen firsthand the way stories can be put online almost immediately.

Sarah admitted that as an online journalist she felt like a 'Jack of all trades and a master of none', as she had to film, photograph, write, and broadcast, while never actually specializing in one area.

She told us that stories were not held back and that circulation remained consistent. But surely this is because the people who are still buying the print version of the paper are not the people accessing the website?

In 20 years time, say, won't the generation who are used to free news up-dated daily, video web-casts and galleries hosting 1,345 images, rather than the five a paper can hold, stop paying for a paper they don't need?

Won't this mean that online news will have to be paid for? Or will online websites be forced to close down and return to the print form to ensure a steady income? Or will advertising revenue sustain a purely online form of news?

The future of newspapers, especially local ones, looks set to be an interesting issue.

1 comment:

Jessica said...

It's amazing really isn't it.
Just having the name of a course behind you and all these doors open.
It really is funny to think of the things we've done and will do.
What an experience.

By the way what a lovely CV you have haha

You make an interesting point here and one that she seemed to totally misunderstand when you raised it in the lecture. I do agree that that's something they have to worry about. Do you reckon then that when we're all really old we'll still be on the net all the time? I suppose we will.