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Mass Communications

March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in it management, technology

Running Head : STAYING INFORMED

Staying Informed : Old News – New News – Good News

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Staying Informed

Old News – New News – Good News

There was a time when news information was disseminated by a select few who had access to the relevant reports , s , and statistics . When this was the case , the world gathered around a radio , shared a news , or turned on the television – one that had fewer than ten channels . This news ‘ was often like a leftover meal in terms of value : by the time it [banner_entry_middle]

was released , the world had moved forward , and something new was hot . Progress was made , and television news programs began to delve deeper into stories reporters suddenly began delivering breaking ‘ news reports , and the information was at least lukewarm when the public got its hands it . It was the era of reporters like Paul Harvey who took what the world knew , dug more deeply , and presented the rest of the story (Radio Legend Paul Harvey Biography , 2003 Today , a cell phone can alert its owner of breaking news stories from around the world reporters deliver broadcasts live from battlefields and the internet has made it possible to receive information almost instantly . Most consumers now get their news online , via one of hundreds of television channels , or through a variety of print media Unfortunately , the days of print media and even local reporting seem to be dying , and while their loss may not even create a ripple , what they have to offer the consumer is irreplaceable

It is true that the average printed report cannot provide the live-action , emotionally packed footage of a series of photographs or a streaming video , but words do matter , and while one ‘s brain struggles to capture the intricacies of backgrounds , sounds , and images that flash in front of the eyes in photographs and videos , the thought-process of the viewer is overwhelmed by the visual imagery

MSNBC online featured a written report and a series of videos and slide shows on October 16 , 2006 that captured the story surrounding the earthquake in Hawaii the previous day . When compared , the headline video and headline print report reveal some very interesting trends in the ways in which the news is disseminated

The headlining video report Powerful Earthquakes Shake Hawaii ‘ is two and one-half minutes long and features a variety of images that show damage to a local woman ‘s home , the picture of a landslide caught by a photographer , various tourists being inconvenienced , footage of volcanic eruption , the Hawaiian coastline , people buying gas , and shoppers at a grocery store . These pictures are accompanied by interview sound bites or voiced-over by reporter Howard Dashefsky , but the entire report is devoid of real information . What might one expect as the aftermath of an earthquake on a populated island that is also a tourist attraction ? If I had guessed at the aftermath ‘ I would have imagined almost everything I saw in Dashefsky ‘s report . Although the images were fascinating and even… [banner_entry_footer]

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