The State of the News Media…

To be an Experience Maker means that you need to learn all about the news media and to understand what is going on in the business that you want to call your own. The PEW Project for Excellence in Journalism publishes every year an annual report on American Journalism called The State of the News Media. The report includes all the mass media from print to broadcast to the world wide web.

The overview of the report that you can access here will help you ground yourself in the latest trends in the news media and will give you a good comparison of what is going on in each of the mediums covered in the study.

As you read the overview section, think about your own media experience. Where do you get your news? How much to you read? How much do you watch television? Do you use the internet to get the latest information? How do utilize the social networks? After reading the overview, write down your ideas and answers of the aforementioned questions in the comment section.

Experience Making Number One

One final note, this weekend I will be posting 10 pictures of different places on campus and your first experience will be to identify the places and then find out which departments do they house? More details will be on the blog on Sunday night. You will have until Thursday Sept. 2 to find the answers.

You are on your way to become an Experience Maker. Go for it.


About Samir "Mr. Magazine™" Husni, Ph.D.

Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine™, is the founder and director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi. He is also Professor and Hederman Lecturer of Journalism at the School of Journalism and New Media. Dr. Husni is the author of the annual Samir Husni's Guide to New Magazines, which is now in its 28th year. He is also the author of Launch Your Own Magazine: A Guide for Succeeding in Today's Marketplace published by Hamblett House, Inc. and Selling Content: The Step-by-Step Art of Packaging Your Own Magazine, published by Kendall Hunt, Magazine Publishing in the 21st Century, published by Kendall Hunt, and co-author of Design Your Own Magazine. He has presented seminars on trends in American magazines to the editorial, advertising and sales staff of the magazine groups of the Morris Communications Company, Hearst Corp., Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, Meredith Corp., Reader's Digest Magazine, ESPN the magazine, Sail Magazine, American Airlines Publishing, the National Geographic Society, the Swedish magazine group Bonnier, the Finnish magazine group Sanoma Magazines, Southern Progress magazines, New South Publishing, Inc., the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Society of Magazine Editors, Vance Publishing Corporation, the Florida Magazine Association, The Magazine Association of Georgia, the National Society of Black Journalists, the Japanese Magazine Publishers Association, and the American Press Institute. He is "the country's leading magazine expert," according to Forbes ASAP magazine, "the nation's leading authority on new magazines," according to min:media industry newsletter; and The Chicago Tribune dubbed him "the planet's leading expert on new magazines." Dr. Husni has been interviewed by major U.S. media on subjects related to the magazine industry. He has been profiled and is regularly quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other newspapers nationwide, as well as the major newsweeklies and a host of trade publications. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, CNNFN, PBS, and on numerous radio talk shows including National Public Radio's Morning and Weekend Editions. Dr. Husni has also served as an expert witness in several lawsuits involving major media corporations including Time Inc. and American Express Publishing among others. He has been a judge of The National Magazines Awards, The Evangelical Magazines Association, The City and Regional Magazines Association, and The Florida and Georgia Magazine Association Awards. Dr. Husni is the President and CEO of Magazine Consulting & Research, a firm specializing in new magazine launches, repositioning of established magazines, and packaging publications for better sales and presentations. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master's degree in journalism from the University of North Texas. When he is not in his office reading magazines, Dr. Husni is at the newsstands buying magazines.
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54 Responses to The State of the News Media…

  1. William Stokes says:

    All of my news comes from internet websites, particularly Drudge Report. Why pay for a newspaper when I can read the same articles on its website for free?

    Cable news is too biased to watch.

  2. Angela Rogalski says:

    I guess I’m still old school…I love watching the evening news on television. Usually CBS. That’s not to say that I don’t click on MSN or CNN, or read the Times or the Washington Post online. It’s just there’s something about sitting down in the evening in front of my television and seeing that anchor firmly planted in his chair that transmits a sense of normalcy through my veins and ends my day on a familiar note. However, familiar is not the word for the day, I know. In 2010, with all the technology that we have at our fingertips, familiarity is far from the definition of where journalism stands today. Innovative and varied would be more accurate. As the report states, citizen journalism and online resources are now a big part of our lives. And with the popularity of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, even local news has an avenue for amateur journalists. I don’t know how many times that I’ve read a tidbit of news on Facebook that some of my friends were ‘reporting’ long before I ever heard it on the news or read it in my daily newspaper. It’s an interesting, albeit, frightening time that we live in journalistically speaking. And trying to figure out how to charge for internet content is a bit mind-boggling. Of course, if we don’t come up with something, the content that we do wind up receiving will have to be filtered and researched many times over before we can even legitimize its style, much less, the validity of what it reveals. I have often thought that one place to start would be with the internet providers. Cable companies charge extra for premium channels like HBO and Showtime, why not for certain websites or at least the most popular? Then couldn’t the website receive a little of that money from every user? It would certainly add up with each customer hit it received. I realize none of us want to pay higher costs to our internet providers, but we have to do something. If we enjoy the internet, shouldn’t we, the consumer, have to bear a little of the brunt of this problem?

  3. Katie Coulston says:

    I believe the internet is the media outlet of the future. It is currently incredibly popular but as time goes on it will make print and even broadcast more obsolete. Print has been the trusty truth that we have relied on for hundreds of years, but with the invention of new technology, it will be incredibly hard for print to find a way to keep its audience. In an economically and envionmentally concious world people do not want to pay to have a newspaper delievered to their homes when they can turn the television on or read the same stories on the internet.
    I like to read a combination of newspapers, internet sources, and broadcast news. My favorite will probably always be television broadcasts though. However, these broadcasts are becoming more and more politically divided creating a division among people trying to get basic information. We are bombarded with political opinions on every single story reported and I believe this will drive many to find websites that are less biased than most broadcast news stations.

  4. Abby Abide says:

    I get my news mainly from The New York Times online and the Daily Mississippian newspaper, which I read in between classes. One of my teachers has requested that we keep up with the Christian Science Monitor online, but I like the New York Times much better because I find it easier to use. I see some people posting news on Facebook occasionally, but I never fully rely on anything one of my “friends” says because sometimes they get information wrong or are joking.

    I like internet and print news better than cable because I can pick out what’s interesting to me. I don’t have to sit through a story that I don’t care about to get to more interesting news; I can just choose whether or not to read it when it’s online or in the paper.

  5. Joshua Bryant says:

    Let it die~

  6. Alyssa Dodd says:

    Most of all my news comes from television on the local and world news. I do, however, get some from websites such as yahoo. I don’t read many news articles from magazines or newspapers.

  7. Joshua Bryant says:

    Whoops..forgot to answer your questions. I check Yahoo! once and day and also CNN- International Edition online once a day as well. TV is seldom on saved for “Tom n Jerry” if I’m feeling young or a nice rerun of “The Golden Girls” to make me lol at two in the morning when I cannot sleep.

    Interesting to note that I found out Michael Jackson had died from a friend’s facebook status that read: “LOL MJ just kicked the bucket! Serialzz.”

  8. Arlissa Sneed says:

    I get my news from various places. I pick up the Daily Mississippian to see what’s going on campus, watch the local news to see whats happening in my area, and any global news I usually read online. Often, more than I would like to admit, I simply skim the topics and headlines. I might thoroughly read something if I find it extremely interesting. This leads to me always having an idea of what is going on but never in any detail.
    Unlike most of my generation, I detest twitter. I had an account for less than three days. I do utilize Facebook, but very shallowly. I have no apps, “liked” bands or places, and my only friends are people I know. However, most of my generation could be well reached with Facebook advertising. I think that advertising will soon shift significantly to areas like social networking. As far as actual news, I believe there will be an increase in sites like Yahoo! and MSN and people will increasingly turn to the internet to stay informed.

  9. Alexandra Donaldson says:

    I agree with this article. Meaning, I would not doubt it for a second. Our generation grew up with technology. If you gave us an iPhone 4 then we would understand how to use it with no problem. If you gave my mom one she would have to go take a class to be able to use it. I mainly get my news from the internet and local news. Especially, when a huge disaster happens, like the BP oil spill, I need to see images, videos, and interviews to fully understand what when wrong and where. I hardly touch a newspaper at all. My mother always has a paper in her hand, once again two totally generations. Who knows maybe in a few years they will invent something even better,bigger, and faster than our beloved internet.

  10. Ariel Ladner says:

    I love the old way of doing things. I like getting up in the morning for school and turning on CNN and watching the news and seeing what is going on in the world. It also is a great way to bring my family together since that is about the only together time we get. I love the internet and obviously use it daily, but in the case of news I like to keep things old school and sit down at the breakfast table and read the newspaper or click on the television and watch it like people have being doing for years.

  11. Quanterrius Ward says:

    Online journalism will soon become the norm, and I can only hope that the news media does not make the same mistake as the music industry by not accepting the inevitability of this fact. With that said, online journalism is nevertheless a double-edged sword. On the one hand, news stories can be relegated to easily accessible archives thus allowing multiple news stories to be reported without fear of audiences missing a previous scoop which must then have hours or even days dedicated to it. Also, online journalism could provide a much needed rejuvenation to news media by bringing back true objective journalism as reporters can utilize Internet anonymity. However, currently there are no effective methods of regulating the Internet. It is not entirely ludicrous to apprehend a disaster such as a temporary hacking. Such an unfortunate circumstance could only serve to support the case of those resisting the progress of online journalism.

  12. I usually will read whatever source consistently puts out news I want to hear. So, I pick up the DM each day to learn about what’s going on in the small universe that is Oxford. For any other news anywhere else in the world (from video games/music/movies and pop culture, to politics and popular stories) I watch the Philip DeFranco show on youtube. If I need more in-depth coverage on a topic or story I just head to any respective news site.
    Most of the time though, I’ll just pay attention to trending topics on Twitter, although it is hardly reliable with topics like #becauseofgaga or #yogirlleftyoucuz.
    While at home I’ll usually catch cable news of some sort (in my house it’s usually Fox, but I have no real preference myself), but I don’t really watch much t.v. while at school (mostly because I left my remote at my dorm while move out last year).
    I’m pretty unbiased on news mediums. The internet is convenient, cable news is friendly, and the paper is informative- it just depends on what I’m in the mood for, or what I have time for.

  13. Natalie Moore says:

    It certainly has been interesting growing up in a time where the face of journalism is changing. I can easily remember when I was younger being huddled around the television with my parents to watch the evening news. I even would get up in the morning and eat breakfast with my dad and read the newspaper. When I reached my middle school years, my room became filled with magazines. Now I hardly watch the evening news. I still read the paper but only when it’s been left around the house. Also, half those magazines I used to read are now out of print. I mainly get my news online or even from facebook statuses nowadays. It’s certainly sad to see it all begin to change but that’s just the reality with new technology.

  14. Robert Heard says:

    Most of my news comes from ESPN. Being a sports fan, sports news is my main source of news. I do not watch much news on TV, besides SportsCenter. I check the website of my hometown newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, typically everyday for stories that I find interesting and pertinent to me. I would much rather use the internet to look up articles rather than having an actual newspaper. In this generation and where we have come with technology, it makes everything easier to have it all in one place: the computer.

  15. Rian says:

    I personally think that gathering news and information through the internet is the way to do it. I feel that buying papers does not only hurt our pockets, but also limits our knowledge. Why not just get the same exact message online with even more support? What i’m trying to say here is that, while reading papers, we only get one part of the message, the imaginary one. That being said, whenever we read a text (generally), we don’t quite get the full support that makes our ideas and message come clear; there is always that part of missing something, which can either be the absence of pictures for example, videos, audios, or even sketches. These forms of media aid us quite a lot in getting the best message trying to be sent. On the other hand, when we read something online, not only there are other articles present (either in the same or in a different website) that give us another version of the story, but we also have those other types of media such as the ones listed above, which expands and details our knowledge on that certain topic.

  16. Peyton Thigpen says:

    My preferred method of being informed about what is going on in the world is televised news programs. I enjoy watching the evening news. At times I feel like I was born in the wrong decade because I wish I relied on my favorite radio program, whatever that may be, for my information. There are so many sources for news in today’s world. I would love to have been alive to trust Walter Cronkite like most of America did. I do prefer the internet for music news. It is much more accessible. NPR, National Public Radio, has an excellent website. It seems that in today’s ever changing world, information has to be available in every medium to be effective.

  17. Brittany Stubbs says:

    As technology advances every day, we are subtly reminded by iphone commercials and online advertisements that convenience is what it’s all about. So for me, I like to be able to open a quick news application as I walk to class in the morning and update myself on all the important stories happening around the world. Sure, as a current journalism major, I would much rather be able to sit down with a paper and study stories as I also study techniques the talented writers use, but lets be honest, I don’t exactly have all that time to spare. And neither do many Americans, hence the downing percentages the last years for almost all news industries. We can blame it on the economy and I don’t argue it doesn’t have a big part of it as well, but I believe as technology changes (our media), our mass will too. As I read the article and listened to the trends even my own self was falling to for that “convenience”, I couldn’t help but wonder if this was just a first step on the road of loosing the need for talented journalist. I know, even by just reading my classmates comments, that there will always be people who will still turn on CNN or wake up early just to read the paper before a busy day, but I wonder how many others habits will change as technology does.

  18. kewebb says:

    I’ve never watched much news on the television. I may watch a bit of CNN or BBC World News, but I’ve always been more comfortable reading articles instead. I have no idea how many times I’ve clicked on interesting articles that appear in my AOL news feed or how many times I’ve read and reread news in the DM and Time Magazine. But even though I love reading printed articles, I’ve noticed that print is starting to change.

    Being a Twitter addict also has me constantly looking at the trending topics of the day to see if anything interesting is worth “googling”. Twitter has informed me of numerous celebrity deaths, the earthquake in Haiti, and Mel Gipson’s freak out. Right now the name “Culkin” is one of the top three trending topics. The reason? Everyone feels the need to tell Macaulay Culkin “Happy Birthday” by making bad Home Alone jokes. Not real news, but it was something I didn’t know before. Twitter may be mostly used as an outlet for teenagers to say “drinking coffee.” or “this new cd is rad.” But many news stations and papers have started posting headlines on Twitter because of the fact so many people are on the site. I myself follow CNN Headlines and BBC World News. The new goal of news everywhere has become “grab the reader with 140 characters or less.”

  19. Kirk Faust says:

    I get my news from television and papers, I hope i’m not the only one who does that still in the world of smart phones. I can honestly say I have never checked my phone for the latest news from CNN, but i suppose that’s the way mass media is swinging these days. I can say I will most likely sell out one day and use my phone for news, but for now I like the feel of a newspaper in my hands.

  20. Jessi Ballard says:

    When I was growing up my parents listened to talk radio so that as always been a staple for getting my news. Sometimes I just listen to Michael Savage just to hear what’s going to come out of his mouth next. And although he’s know less for his breaking news coverage and more for his memorable voice, personality and good message, I’ve always enjoyed listening to Paul Harvey.

    As for TV, above all my favorite news program is ABC World News at about 3 am. The hosts are two no-names, and pretty Indian woman and a generic looking brunette man, but they are very engaging. The stories covered are either relatively unknown or ‘personal journey’ pieces of people are communities around the world. Other than that I think cable news is kind of a wash. It’s kind of sad that the faces of the news networks don’t realize what a joke they’ve become.

    I guess I like my news delivered by very real people. Technically it doesn’t matter HOW I get my news but since I have a choice that’s how I WANT it.

  21. Quentin Winstine says:

    For the most part I usually don’t pay attention to the news because when I was watching televised news heavily just a few years ago I realized just how depressing the news was overall and I decided I don’t need to always now what is going on in the world as a whole.
    In the past I never really read a lot to get my news, wheter it be online or in print, but since I have started classes at Ole Miss I have been trying to keep up with the news in the DM and I have also started reading articles about my favortie sports team on their website.
    I watch a lot of television, but a majority of what I watch is sports news or comdeic twists of news reporting, like The Daily Show or The Colbert Report, because to me sports news is usually uplifting most of the time and the comedic twists on the news help me see the traditional television news channels as what they truely are, biased.
    I don’t really use the internet to get the latest information. The most recent information I have been getting lately is from the official Twitter account of my favorite sports team that I get sent straight to my phone with an average of seven “Tweets” a day.

  22. Sarah harden says:

    I like to get the majority of my news from the web. I use sources like Drudge Report and local newspapers’s sites. I find the web to be easier to navigate when searching for a particular type of news stories. Online articles also include photos most of the time, which I enjoy looking at.

  23. Patricia Wiseman says:

    I’m usually horrible at keeping up-to-date with the news, particularly the worldly news—mainly because I’m too busy to take the time and check the latest news. Usually whenever I get up-to-date on the latest news, I check the local paper (whether it be the New Albany News Exchange or the Daily Mississippian) every now and then. I would also sometimes listen to talk radio (particularly NPR) whenever I’m riding with my mom in the car.
    I especially enjoy reading the Daily Mississippian. Whenever I would pick it up, I would skip to the opinion section, which is my favorite part to read. I’m always interested in what people have to say based on experience, controversy that centers around youth, etc.

  24. K. Nicole Miller says:

    Personally, I would rather watch the news on my own television. It is relaxing to me if I’m cozy on the couch staring at the big screen. My favorite type of news is entertainment, and I watch that on E! and learn a lot in the trashy magazines. I also enjoy CNN just because I think their stories are always very interesting and mostly tragic. I believe tragic and traumatic stories always catch everyone’s attention. Even though I prefer television and magazines, I believe the internet is overpowering the old school ways of finding out news. The internet is easy, fast, and convenient to busy working people. They can sit in their desk at work and read a quick article on the internet. I don’t like that the internet is taking over but I understand why it is.

  25. Jean Phillips says:

    I’ll admit, CNN is on 24/7 at my house, but we don’t watch the local news anymore. Frankly, it’s just depressing. Coming from Memphis, where the crime rate is so high, crime is the only thing that is reported, and I’d rather not know. I prefer to know more about the national and international news. I also get a lot of news from reading–Time and Newsweek are staples at my house. Occasionally I’ll read the local paper. I’m not that big a fan of the latest innovations in news-sharing, though. I don’t use the internet for news, nor do I use social-networking sites. Like Dr. Husni mentioned in class, anything you post on there will be on the internet forever, and I’d rather not have all of my embarassing moments splashed all over the web.

    As for the state of news, I hate to say it, but I think traditional journalism is dying. It’s just a new social norm, like we mentioned the growing acceptance of this “emerging adulthood.” Everything changes, and I think traditional means of delivering the news are falling by the wayside. Revenue is falling, and as of yet there doesn’t appear to be any way to reverse that tide. And I wouldn’t be too hopeful about all of this new technology saving journalism: items like the iPad allow the user to view the New York Times and other newspapers for free, and that’s not going to change. As more people adopt this technology, paid subscriptions to newspapers will decline even more.

  26. honeypoohgirl13 says:

    Me personally i really dont watch the news i watch it sometimes when im flipping channels and see something interesting. Most of the time i stop when i see stuff like a missing child report or reports how parents are treating there kids i also watch some statistics on like the percentage of men and women that go to college and actually stays. So news is a good thing and a bad thing depends on the way that you look at it.

  27. Emily Bain says:

    To be completely honest I have a hard time watching the news, reading the news in the newspaper, magazines or online, or even believing what I am told.
    I feel that the validity of cable television has dropped tremendously and 50% of the time we are presented opinions and not facts.
    The Newspaper is typically my informant.

  28. Christy Greer says:

    I get almost all of my news from Drudge Report and Hot Air, which I try to read every morning because it is constantly updated and easy to access. When I do watch TV for the news, I get my information from Fox News. I am locally informed with the Daily Mississippian, which I read consistently read every weekday, when not in class of course.

  29. Laura Kate Tutton says:

    I get my news from every source. I watch the Today Show most mornings, but if I miss it I will read the news online. I hardly ever read the paper, but I read magazines all the time. I try to keep up with all types of news, but i’ll have to admit entertainment news and sports news are my favorite to keep up with.

  30. Ryanne Flanders says:

    I generally get my news online. I usually read the NY Times, Yahoo, Google News, etc. I read the Daily Mississippian to discover what’s happening on campus and locally. I agree with William Stokes when he says that cable news is too biased. After being forced to watch CNN and MSNBC at home, I avoid these channels now. I will sometimes watch the cable news stations, but it is very difficult to find someone who presents both sides to the story. I follow certain outlets on Twitter and Facebook to get quick headlines. I use my Blackberry to read mobile news sites. It tends to be the most convenient way for me, aside from the internet. I really enjoy the “News” tab on the Safari browser because it allows me to reach my destination quickly.

  31. Bracey Harris says:

    I typically get my news from a variety of news outlets. I agree with the other posters on here when they say news is too biased on television. However, that’s what makes it fun. I do not look at Bill O’Reilly and Anderson Cooper as reporting just the facts. It would be more accurate to label them commentators. Although the American people do not need people to tell them how to think, they do need people to present them with opinions that differ from their own. When you get the straight facts such as in a newspaper, you do not have the option of saying “I can’t believe he just said that or do people really agree with this guy.” This is why television is my favorite way to get the news. Fox News and CNN are my choice channels and I am more than willing to acknowledge their bias at times. Excuse me let me correct that statement. They WERE my choice channels until I had no cable. Another outlet I like is news websites such as Time and the New York Times. I love reading the comments and people’s opinions on the articles sometimes more than the actual material itself! My guilty pleasure is Entertainment Weekly.

  32. Jonece Dunigan says:

    Once upon a time the world did not go a million miles an hour. If you wanted to do any research that required a computer, you had to walk to designated areas because the computers back then was as big as Donald Trump’s mansion. You actually had to stand in one place to have a conversation because the phone was attached to spiral cords. There was a time limit for how long you stayed on the internet because it blocked any incoming calls. In the present time, however, you can take your conversation as you go to work, catch Wi-Fi signals whenever and wherever you need to get information, and carry all your papers in one lightweight device. These inventions took what we already knew, and made it faster, more convenient for us. As technology is updates, lifestyles accelerate. Journalism needs to follow this same acceleration. The old school way of bringing the news needs to combine with the new media generation so that the convenience AND passion is there.

    As for my lifestyle, I prefer having the paper in hand and a cup of coffee to keep me company. It’s relaxing AND informative. When I do not have time to relax, I go on the internet and get my information that way. I rarely watch TV because I do not have the time to. Internet is convenient because I can access it whenever I have time to. For example, I can watch the begging of a video on YouTube, stop it for the hour I need to study, and then watch the rest of it afterward. Social networks are like paradise to me because I am no longer in the same city as my best friends. We keep up with each other through Facebook because they are my support system and I need them.

  33. Stevie Farrar says:

    Today’s society is one that is consumed with instant gratification – getting what we want right when we want it. With our lives constantly going ninety-to-nothing, we cannot seem to find the time to stop our morning routine and thoroughly read today’s newspaper, set aside our Ipods long enough to listen to the radio, or bring ourselves to spend our five dollars on TIME rather than the latest issue of People. Such realities are sad but painstakingly true, and I must admit that I’m just as guilty. However embarrassing my guilt may be though, I have no plans to change my ways, just like millions of other Americans. Our society has been accustomed to our lifestyle of information being distributed in a compact manner, allowing us to pick and choose what we what to hear, how we want to hear it, when we decide to hear it. Honestly, newspapers and magazines simply take too long to read and the radio rarely plays music that fits my specific music tastes. In order for the media to continue to keep Americans’ attention, something has to shift. Like we have been told, the media must understand their audience. Collaboration with Americans of all ages and student media programs at colleges across the nation, if not the world, would give media heads a better understanding of what Americans want and how they want to receive it. But if we are truly concerned with our traditional forms of media dying away, Americans must take action as well. My high school history teachers were adamant about testing us on current events, spurring myself and my classmates to keep a constant watch on the television and newspaper. Aside from teaching me how to speed-read the New York Times on my way to school the day my current event was due, this requirement taught me something that all Americans should know – the news is provided; you need to take the time to read it. If you don’t, you’ll be left behind and no one really cares if you can’t keep up. While the media will undoubtedly have to change to keep up with the times, we must continue to stress the importance of the media and being informed to our future generations.

  34. Anna Waggoner says:

    I get my news mostly from television, or my yahoo home page. At home I read the newspaper on occasional mornings, but I haven’t been able to do that here thus far. I enjoy watching the news nightly, and in general I like to watch TV as a main source of information. I use the internet to get information because it is immediately informative and convenient. I use social networks to learn about local news, or upcoming events, but I don’t rely heavily on them for large scale information or news reports.

  35. Kyndall Cox says:

    I rely on the internet mainly to get the news. The internet gives you so much more in terms of the variety of things, and its FREE (which I believe will change in a few years). I also looks towards the local evening news for my news. While it my life goal to be an overseas correspondent for a major news organization, I do not look towards them for my news. Because often times they are to biased to watch for the even smallest amount of time.

  36. jadegenga says:

    Articles like this one really open my eyes to my own lifestyle. It is definitely a challenge to look at your own habits and not defend them. I always try to watch as many different news stations as possible, even though my parents watch Fox News everyday, but sometimes it becomes too frustrating to find the truth in any situation that I simply give up. I think that a lot of people are beginning to feel that way, which could be a very influential factor in the news media “downfall.”

    Honestly, it does not surprise me that media is losing revenue, because there are just too many sources and opinions to chose from.

  37. Eric Levine says:

    The “State of the News Media” article just completely ripped on how the economy is killing the journalism industry. The article persuaded my even the best journalists are probably living in the slums or ghetto. Journalism is continuously growing and the economic aspect of journalism is going downhill, it still has a huge influence on society but the only thing a journalist will receive for all the hard work done is a big bag of fun. It’s like when I had that undefeated season in soccer during elementary school, my team won every game to receive the same participation award that everyone else got.
    However, I love journalism, I’ve had a passion for journalism ever since my first journalism class in high school. The class was hard but interesting and fun. I’m glad my teacher recommended me to join the school newspaper the following semester. Newspapers, ESPN, and Yahoo have been my news sources everyday since elementary school and joining the school paper helped me connect to the news that entertained me for so long. Facebook is my social network and for I don’t know how long, Facebook keeps me in touch with almost everyone I’ve ever met in my entire life. I can share news, thoughts, and pretty much anything via Facebook to anyone anywhere.

  38. Madison Hill says:

    I love the feeling of holding a newspaper, book, or whatever it may be, in my hands. I like to turn the pages, to feel the texture of the page on which my information is written. Perhaps I am “old school,” but I know that I am not alone. News will never die out. I firmly believe that there will never be a time that human beings just don’t want to be updated on what’s happening in their world. Technology will always be changing, always being tweaked, redone, made better. But news is constant. And I believe that people will always prefer the feeling of leaning back to read their news rather than squinting forward at a computer screen. We are in a transition period, in which economy, technology, and the news are growing and adapting, and learning to coexist peacefully again. Success fluctuates, and it will always be rising and falling; but one day all the aspects of news will get back on a harmonious rhythm. Inventions such as the iPad are a step in the right direction.

    To answer the questions, I like to get my news from newspapers, magazines, books, etc. and as for online reading, I like to go to The New York Times website and Yahoo to see some of the latest news. Even sites such as Facebook and Twitter are great places for breaking–on a smaller scale–news.

  39. Hayden Sowers says:

    I like most of my generation is on Twitter and Facebook. I ready the DM daily to get my news around campus. I’m a big sports fan so I am subscribed to ESPN the Magazine and Sporting News. Online I have a few big news sites bookmarked on my computer. They are CNN, Fox News, and Google News. I also look daily on a few major national newspapers like the New York Times, USA Today, and the LA Times.

  40. Jory Tally says:

    I get most of my news from the Today Show or E! I like to know what is going on around the country and world and I love knowing the gossip in the entertainment business, that is my favorite type of news. I hardly read newspapers but I will read a People magazine and other entertainment magazines. I will use the internet to get information if I need to know something that very second, but overall television is my favorite way of knowing what is occuring around me.

  41. Gloria Briggs says:

    I get all of my news from either the television, magazines, or by hearing it from others. I really only read gossip magazines and I rarely watch CNN or Fox News. For me I have to be really interested in something to read about it or watch it. Every once in a while I will sit and watch the local news with my family, but it is not something I make sure I do every day. I really do believe though that the internet and social networks like Facebook and Twitter are dramatically going to change how people get there information. I am always on the go and don’t usually wait to hear my news, if I want to know something I go to my iPhone and look it up. Technology these days makes everyone’s life that much easier.

  42. Brian Baker says:

    Most of the information I read about current events is strictly from the internet, mainly as a result of its convenience. My homepage is MSN and their website always has up-to-date stories that are only a click away. I honestly don’t care for watching news on television because it always seems unbelievably biased, and I find myself reading newspapers only if the cover story has a particularly interesting title that captures my attention. I also look into certain events because I hear them through my friends or peers who say, “Hey, have you heard about…(insert topic here.)”

  43. Andrew Dunham says:

    I think I really one of the only ones in our generation that still clings to the radio. I just enjoy in so much more. The radio is great because it is the most convenient way to get the news, other then maybe a smart phone (though I must say I hate using my phone for news, I hate that tiny screen). Radios can every where, Cars, can be in multiple rooms of the house and it is free! What I love about radio is that there is nothing flashy about it. You get the message and nothing else. With television there is a lot to look at and can be easily distracted. While I do use the internet a lot I still just prefer the radio, mostly because I really dont know of any reputable places to go that I can trust on the internet.

  44. Nelson Duke says:

    I do watch and read news weekly, but most of the news I find out about comes from the internet. It’s easier to find things out and find things that you are interested in hearing about. For instance, I find all my Ole Miss football news on the internet, which gets me up to date on how they’re doing and their gameplan for the first game this week.

  45. taylorharrell says:

    This article is very interesting to read because it is so true. It is hard to believe that not too long ago half of our gadgets that we have now come to rely on every day, did not exist. We rely on these modern gadgets for news, social networking, as well as a form of communication. Its crazy that we all once lived without these tools. When we wanted to talk to someone we had “face-to-face” time. When we wanted immediate news reports we went to our radio and tuned it to our local news stations. When we were just casually wondering what was going on in our community as well as the nation and world, we went to buy a newspaper. There WERE ways to get the information we needed, but compared to todays methods, those are way to much of a hassle. Why not just email, call, or text someone that you need to speak to? Why not just turn on the television for a much more engaging update on what is happening now? Why not just go to the FREE internet that is conveniently beside you on your laptop? Technology these days has taken the hassle out of getting what you want when you want it. It does not surprise me in the least that newspaper sales and magazine sales are plummeting dramatically. Why would you go out and PAY for a newspaper or magazine that you could instead just reach beside you and look up for free on the internet? I loved reading this article because I’ve always anticipated the drop in original forms of the news but it was very interesting to read the proof that it is really happening.

  46. Candace Coleman says:

    The majority of my news intake comes from watching the morning news. I also enjoy The Today Show and my all time favorite is Good Morning America. However, I’ve become more attentive to my network “leaders” on Twitter. I do confess that I’m a headline reader and detail listener. This means I skim through headlines in the paper and further my knowledge of it by watching online newscasts.

  47. Ashley Locke says:

    I, for one, rarely sit down to watch tv. Most of my free time is spent with my nose in a book. In the same way, I like reading newspapers over watching the news. With a newspaper I feel more free to come up with my own opinions at my own leasure. There is no “30 minute segment” of newspaper like there is on tv, so I can spend more time absorbing the news rather than hastily making my way through headlines. I have a facebook and a twitter account, but I would NEVER rely on news from those sources. Although information can be attained on those sites, it is rarely a full and accurate story. I don’t usually read news on the internet, just humorous “news” sources like and the onion (which definitely shouldn’t be taken seriously, they’re just good for a laugh.) At home in Jackson, I read every edition of the Jackson Free Press, and I got my hands on the magazines my parents subscribe to like newsweek, the week, reader’s digest, and consumer reports. Overall I get most of my news from printed sources. I’ve always been a reader, and that hasn’t changed.

  48. Evan Brewster says:

    I can see why the cable news stations are the only ones that did not suffer declining revenue. Most people are only going to watch or listen to what they want to hear, I am guilty of that. Not only news stations, but programming, is going to continue to become so specialized that we are not going to be able to see anything but our view and the programming’s view that is not necessarily corrupting us, but really keeping us from seeing the entire view or side of a story.

  49. Brittany Rose says:

    I do not watch the television or listen to the radio that often, however, I do search the internet quite often and read the newspaper when I am bored at work. Overall, my information comes from the internet and through WOM. My mom, sister, and sister-in-law, know everything before the news does, maybe they should be journalists. Need to know something, call them!…

  50. Ellen Graves says:

    I love being informed about what’s going on in the world around me. The majority of my news comes from television and the internet. I enjoy watching the Today Show on NBC, especially the first hour because all the major headlines of the day are discussed. I almost always catch the nightly news segment with Brian Williams as well. I make sure to glance at the headlines on the internet, but to be honest, when I’m on the internet, I mostly catch up on the social news on Facebook. I love to read newspapers, but I never seem to have enough time to read one during the busy school week. However, I always make a point to read my hometown’s local newspaper when I am home.

  51. Elizabeth Sales says:

    To be honest, I don’t watch the news as much as a journalist should. I love to watch reality t.v. shows, but oddly, cannot turn on Fox, CNN, or MSNBC news. For some reason I tend to overlook what’s happening in the news lately. However, I do love to read. Mostly books, but I also love magazines about celebrities, gossip, and scandals involving hollywood. Instead of paying attention to what is happening in the middle east or the oil spill (what is important), I find reading tabloids (trash) much easier. I hope this can change…
    I do not get my news from the internet. Whenever I lived at home, I would sometimes glance over at the paper after my dad was done reading it, but that was about it. Same with watching the news, I only watched it when my parents were watching it and I chose to accompany them…
    Because technology has evolved, so will journalism and the way people get it. I have an app on my iPhone (people 100 years ago would think that idea is absolute madness…but technology has really become that advanced) that is a news app, but sadly, I barely even check it.
    It pays to be honest…I guess?

  52. Caroline Talamo says:

    It does not shock me that the sales of magazines, news papers, etc. are going down. People rely on the internet so much these days it is ridiculous. People do not buy dictionaries anymore because they have a dictionary online. Why buy magazines when you could go online at National Geographic or TMZ to get the latest gossip on celebrities? I will admit, I rely on the computer like it is my life. I can not help but to mention in class today when Dr.Husni questioned the saying “the good old days” when back in time things were so complicated than what they are today. We take so many things for granted with the technology we have today and do not appreciate things like they did back in the “good old days.”

  53. jmborkey says:

    It is very hard to be able to watch a specific news station without some kind of bias. As old fashioned as it sounds, the newspaper, seems to be a good source for semi-unbiased news. (at least at the local level). I would have a hard time trusting the internet over newspapers, magazines, and even television. Just about anybody can post something on the internet and call it “news”. Even though the internet is so easy to acess in todays society. I can actually pull out my phone and respond to the blog if I wanted to. Although printed news seems to be a dying cause, I still trust what I read in newspapers over the other media componets.

  54. Sealy Smith says:

    I get my news from an array of places. I watch the news, national and local, I listen to the radio, but only while I am in my car, and I read the newspaper. I always keep up with my county by reading The Webster Progress while I am gone away to college. This helps me keep up with what happens while I am away. I also love to read The Daily Mississippi. I obviously prefer to read something rather than watch or listen to it. I sometimes find myself looking up the news on the internet at various websites and like several people sometimes I just simply get the news from hearsay.

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