Many, many years ago, news spread through the voices of the community. While the first newspaper dates back to 59 B.C. It would be hundreds of years before the public would be able to purchase news so readily. Today, we take news for granted, but there have been several changes that have made news so readily available to the masses. The following are just a few ways how the news changes the way news is covered.
How Social Media Changed the News
There’s no denying the fact that Facebook and Twitter are popular, but did you know that social media has greatly changed the way news is covered? Journalists who were successful in print media soon found their breaking news stories had already been discussed on social networks. Companies were even turning to their Facebook pages to share the latest info with consumers rather than relying on PR statements issued through the media. Soon, newspapers and news shows were reporting their latest findings on their own Facebook pages and Twitter accounts.
How Normal Joes Became Newscasters
Another big blow to the print media world was everyday citizens taking it upon themselves to cover the news. One of the biggest companies to first allow this was Associated Content, which would later become the Yahoo Contributor Network. Freelance writers with interesting news stories could write their own articles and publish through sites like AC or their own blog. Local news in small towns started to be covered faster than ever. Thanks to smartphones, the average person can now record footage of the event as it happens and immediately post it to Facebook. News channels have even come to rely on these self-made journalists to keep up with the latest stories.
How Policies Have Changed the Way the News Is Reported
There are a number of policies that have changed the way the news is covered. More and more media outlets are setting policies to protect themselves from lawsuits. In other words, companies are making sure to check the facts before rushing out the latest news. While social media has made it faster to gain access to breaking stories, it has also made it easier to report false information.
How Traditional Media Has Learned to Roll With the Changes
Instead of allowing would-be journalists and others to take the glory, large media outlets are using technology to their advantage. Most news outlets now have Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as websites that are continuously updated with the latest information around the clock.
The way news is covered has come a long, long way. With the advancements of technology, we can now get the latest news even at 2AM.
About the Author: Royce Theimer is an advocate for technology in communications. He uses his smartphone to access cloud storage, an online fax program, and all of his favorite news apps.