From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age? #544505-00093

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Joe Jones
Outside the United States
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From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
I placed outside of the U.S. in the state box because I am at an APO AE address. To say News Papers are experimenting with special websites and new ways to generate revenue is not an accurate description of the presenter of news papers on the web. They have been other there for about eight to ten years now. It should be simply stated that the newspapers have failed to find a way to generate revenue on line. Something blogs have not had as much problems doing. With the resources News Papers have they should look to include streaming video of their news like a news network. By pass the broadcasting all together and get revenue from running commercials on there web feeds. You Tube is used by millions and news papers have failed to go in this direction because for some reason they refuse to expand their coverage of news from text form. This almost way of thinking almost killed Kodak when the digital camera was invented. Look at MSNBC, FoxNews, and CNN they not only make money from broadcast advertisements they are replacing newspapers by their online presence. They adapted to the new generation if newspapers do not they will fail and having the government prop them up could put the government in a position to take advantage of the situation. This would also hurt the credibility of the news papers. News Papers are supposed to keep our government in check and government hand outs to the newspapers puts this important wall protecting our freedoms at risk. It is better a news paper fail than to be corrupted. These newspapers have to start thinking out side of the box. To give you an idea of how well newspapers would do if they added video broadcast feeds to their online newspapers: I am a conservative yet I am an avid reader of the Huffington post and would pay a price to get a membership that gave me the ability to watch their broadcasts if they were to go that rout on their website. They would not get as much money as a New York times because they cater their news to pretty much one way of thinking but it would generate revenue even from most liberals and quite a bit of conservatives. The New York times would have no problem getting people to sign up for this. By giving them the ability to generate money this way along with the money for commercials they can show on the feeds they would not need government handouts. This would keep the integrity of the news papers and save taxpayers money.