Industry Reflection: Is print dead, and is the future of journalism purely online?

In today’s society, we are seeing print sale figure drop and print outlets close down. As a result of the drop in sales, print media is having to consider moving more online due to the advances in technology and audiences demands. “Is print media dead?”, is a question that many people are asking. It is a very controversial topic, many people share their thoughts and fears.

For instance, Hull Daily Mail have started to use multiple platforms besides the printed version. They have an online presence with their website and social media links. This just gives them more chance of meeting the high demands to hear what is happening and be the first to cover a story. Also, this way allows them to still get content out to the audience but they lose some revenue as people and more inclined to look online now rather than paying and going to get a paper.

Some papers do have both online and print but to keep revenue they have something called a paywall in place that means people have to pay whether they want to view and read online or not. This is good really as it tends to cost more than the printed version this gives the print an advantage in that sense.

The news is becoming more immediate and in higher demands, newspapers are struggling to keep up with the fast pace and are no longer quick enough. Modern technologies have a better chance of getting audience attention due to them being a fast pace and more on the pulse. Social media is key to the decline in print I believe as things are so easily published on there the problem is that social media is a place where people alter the truth and makes it hard sometimes for people to identify the truth.

In conclusion, print without a doubt is dying. media outlets are struggling to find a solution to keeping print journalism alive and making money. Online journalism is paving the way for most viewing and it is taking the audience by storm. The audience finds it easier to look online and it is cheaper and allows them to use it on the go.

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Industry Reflection: Is the printed magazine industry dead?

The magazine industry is causing lots of debates to whether or not people believe printed magazines will die out. Over the last decade, lots of magazines have gone out of print.

Niche magazines seem to have flourished, in the sense that they have captured a specific gap in the market, which that audience enjoy learning and reading about. I believe that these kinds of magazines will stand a chance of survival.

It’s a fact that magazines in today’s society are struggling, many are facing a loss of sales, pricing changes, changing of branding and are having to change there target audience; this subsequently then has an impact on the way things are written and the language they use.

print magazines outlets are having to work extremely hard to keep the audience engaged and wanting to come back and get more. This means that they have to have fresh angles. Modern day technologies are making print even harder to keep in the market, due to the new ease of online and how fast people can gain information. Social media, for example, is on the pulse, free and give a user an immersive experience. Online platforms are booming and apps like Readly are posing the new fashion forward ways of reading magazines. There is a total of 2190 magazines on the app and includes back issues. It does come at a price of £7.99 per month. This is a good option for those who read a lot or spends lots on the printed versions.

Print magazines can be costly to produce and to get printed therefore the cost of magazines are on the rise. This may be a factor in why sales are going down.

Online won’t appeal to all, some people simply like to feel the magazine in their hands and manually change the pages. Therefore, the death of print magazines won’t happen anytime soon. I do think the circulation figure of print magazine will decrease even future but if they find a way to keep up with the new changes and really focus in on a specific sector, the decrease won’t be as rapid.

Industry reflection: What can publishers do to try to prevent public concern around the ethics of virtual reality?

“Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment.”[1] This means that the users can become desensitised to what they see and hear, for instance: if someone is exposed to watching crime or violence the content has less of an emotional and sympathetic impact. Also, if someone is exposed to violence for too long then it can lead to the user not finding the content shocking, it won’t have the same impact it has on someone who isn’t as exposed. “Virtual reality is primarily experienced through two of the five senses: sight and sound.”1 Individuals who spend a lot of time open to the virtual reality can become extremely anti-sociable and fic-sated with fictional characters.

Case study: Mark Howe ended up killing his own mother due to his exposure to virtual reality and violent programs. The phycologist explained he had a cyber- addiction.2

Cyber- addiction is a big issue with virtual reality. Users can become addicted to VR gaming and as a consequence starts to blur the boundaries between real and fake life.3

Catherine Allen, Virtual Reality producer explains how a rapid build-up of public concern surrounding the immersive medium could be detrimental. She said to prevent panic, “test the idea really early on with your audience before you’ve even made it, see what their response is”, and this then allows creators to see if it “pushes any panic buttons early on.”4

“A study commissioned by Wiggin found that 59 per cent of UK adults are concerned about the potential reduced sense of right and wrong in VR, with 58 per cent worried they will become addicted, and 55 per cent fearing that VR will affect their behavior.”4

To prevent public concern parental guidance’s can be put in place and hope that the users adhere to them.5 Also, put warnings at the start to make the users aware of content issues.6

 

[1] http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/virtual-reality

2 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2539838/Reclusive-care-home-worker-obsessed-TV-killer-Dexter-stabbed-mother-53-times-left-bleed-death-rowed-cannabis-smoking.html

3 https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/02/the-good-and-the-bad-of-escaping-to-virtual-reality/385134/

4 https://www.journalism.co.uk/news/why-publishers-of-virtual-reality-need-to-be-aware-of-moral-panic/s2/a702215/

5 https://parentzone.org.uk/parent-guide-to-virtual-reality and https://geekdad.com/2016/05/10-things-vr-and-htc-vive/

6 https://developer.oculus.com/design/latest/concepts/bp_intro/

Over Easter Plans for Projects

As said in a previous post, I have a lot to catch up on and get done due to ill health and time off for surgery. I was really relieved that Easter has come around. This gives me the perfect time to focus on my work and to try and get things ready for the upcoming deadlines. I am worried that I won’t be able to get everything finished in time for submission, but by planning and organising my time will give me a better chance.

I’ve outlined what needs to be done for the self-initiated project in a different post.

I also need to complete:

CATS unit

  • Presentation on academic essay writing, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of my last semester essay.
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation presentation, what I will be doing and why chosen that subject matter.
  • 2 Industry reflections;
    • look at the ethics and morality surrounding virtual reality. There’s lots of debate going on in the industry about a variety of issues connected to this – this article will prove a useful starting point for your research, as will this. The question you need to formulate an answer/argument around is this: What can publishers do to try to prevent public concern around the ethics of virtual reality?
    • You’ll be picking up on a theme from journalism day on Monday, and the fragmentation of mainstream media. Newspapers are in trouble. Circulation is dropping, ad revenue is shrinking, and the industry has experienced an unprecedented wave of layoffs and cutbacks. The reflection I want you to look at answers the question: Is print dead, and the future of journalism purely online? Conducting your own research, I want you to formulate and argument, either way, backing up your assertions through research (which should be Harvard Referenced).

 

Creative futures – Carmen

  • Identify what feature story will be and how I will approach the subject.
  • Write a draft, submit when back
  • Research and plan a news story
  • Identify what the news story will be and how I will approach the subject.
  • Write a draft, submit when back

Work for Sally

  • Make a mock up site on WordPress.
  • Identify strength and weaknesses

Blog posting throughout to evidence where I am at and to show progression.

Notes and analysis on mending the leaky bucket

During today’s session, we were introduced to the issues of the leaky bucket. It was referred to by ‘the curse of the single page visit’. People who go to a website tend to stay on it for around 30 seconds and leave, without looking at further content. Many websites and blogs often have this issue.

How do we capture an audience –reducing the bounce rate?

  • Create and email newsletter – it allows us to gain information who subscribe to content, this helps with contact building and helps you to tailor content. A plugin called mail chip is free and allows people to subscribe.
  • Have a related posts section at the bottom of a story. This will people stay on the site and read more, links will also allow people to bounce to springboard content or other content within the website.
  • A comment section allows interactivity from people. However, before posted it is key to moderate what people are saying. This could save legal issues and problems occurring. Once accepted the comments can lead to debates and to give other ideas for future content, interaction is key as people like to have their say, polls, for instance, will make people come back for results.
  • Social media sharing options are key in today’s society, it allows people to share content and help to follow content, meaning more likely to see new things when posted on the website. Multimedia helps to engage audience longer.
  • Keeping up with analytics will help to identify key information like visit rate, most popular times for people viewing content, most popular stories, locations.

When developing the modern slavery website further and for other future works, all of these methods will be imperative so that we keep audience’s attention and so that we don’t have the curse of the single page visit.

Gantt Charts

When doing my ‘Self-initiated project and Dissertation’ it is incredibly important that the planning is in place. It is key to success. In both projects, I will have a Gantt chart in place or maybe multiple ones. A chart will help me plan my time and help me to have more understanding of what I should be focusing on and when. it is a visual guideline or prompt, it can be altered if need be. I will keep both an online and print copy.

The benefits of planning my project using this method are that it proves to the tutors that I can organise my time efficiently. By doing this it should help me complete the deadlines on time and make things easier for me in the long run.

if I can keep on track, without any major hiccups then it may allow me time to revisit and change any elements i like within my work