There was another seismic shift in the British media industry last week with The Independent’s announcement to cease printing in March.
It has evidently recognised the developments with its websites so has moved to an all-digital news organisation – the first national newspaper to do so.
And with the sale of the i newspaper to Johnston Press it is interesting to see how that business will develop.
Global journalism is changing radpidly as even more of the world’s population turns to the internet for news.
Searching for information online is something which has been regarded as normal for many years.
Inevitably, readership is declining in print and millions of people are turning to trusted websites.
These days very few people would go to a library for information; the internet makes things more easily accessible.
Even most senior citizens these days are tech-savvie ensuring they aren’t left behind.
The internet has become an everyday necessity and without it society wouldn’t operate as successfully as it does.
Business, communication, leisure and entertainment all rely on the internet in order to succeed in a media-driven culture.
There may be a day when we no longer listen to radio through a wireless, watch a show via the TV, get our news through print. Ultimately everything may be sourced from the internet.
But are we too reliant on the worldwide web?
Personally, if the internet didn’t exist I wouldn’t have a job.
The things I am required to do are all on the internet and when it isn’t working as efficiently as usual it is disastrous.
The developments in technology present an argument that it is replacing jobs as well as creating them.
I guess we won’t truly understand the full effect of the internet for another few years as it is still relatively new. I guess we will have to wait for everyone to go online.
The recent news from The Independent draws attention to other national newspapers.
The Guardian has been highly successful online but continues in print. So will it be next? We may see a tabloid newspaper such as The Sun or the Daily Star cease printing. It’s a predictable move but who knows which paper it will be.
It would be reasonable to argue the internet is keeping us on our feet.
It is always changing and as a result of this the content on it has to keep an audience engaged.