Newspapers have been around for ages,they have evolved from handwritten sheets on handmade paper to sheets printed in modern printing press factories. With all this evolution however, how far can newspapers really evolve to match up with our increasingly digital world?
The physical paper dying?
Even with a history of several hundred years many believe that the days of the physical newspaper are numbered. The advent of the Kindle, iPad and other upcoming tablets and related handheld technology reinforced this belief that many had and managed to pull in some more revolutionists who never believed such a move previously. While many might agree that the ipad and/or Kindle etc is nothing big, the concept that it brings have been felt throughout the media world with newspapers releasing ebook apps for their publications. Online publications such as bbc.co.uk are also seeing increasing traffic in the last few years as more and more people get access to a PC and find online publications a much more reliable and easier source to get information on recent news.
What to expect:
As the world gradually becomes more developed we will definately see a shift from standard printed media to online publications. How big will this shift be? In 10 years online publications would have gathered enough momentum to threaten printed media in revenue and profit intake, this will occur as the added advantages of online publications become more prevalent and more newspapers switch to providing the service. The big question though is whether or not physical newspaperswill ever be completely replaced by online publications? I believe that online publications will become the dominant media platform in the next 10-20 years, however physical nespapers will still hold a certain position, for example in times without power for an extended period (after a natural disaster) it will fall in to provide informtation temporarily until online publications goes back online.
Advantages of online publications
- Easier and cheaper to produce and distribute
- Easier to store
- Less physical material
- Easier to update
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