Online News: The Growing Trend
Online news is basically the online edition of a daily newspaper, either as the only online paper or as an online edition of an offline published periodical. It is mostly accessible to people belonging to a global community over the internet. The first such online news site was the Aljazeera (Arabic language) newspaper, which launched in May, 2005. It covered most parts of Africa and Asia and used the blogging method. The popularity of this service soon made other papers and periodicals adopt this mode of delivering news.
The field of digital journalism allows faster delivery of information through a faster data transfer. Online newspapers are made available online through websites or blogs. A link to the online article is included in the news story and once a reader clicks the link, the article is downloaded into the reader’s computer for immediate access. Online newspapers have been greatly successful due to the remarkable indexing of content by search engines. With the help of citations, online newspapers can be found on the first page of the search engine result pages or on the home page of the site.
There are several advantages of using online news sites. Online journalists can work anywhere there is an Internet connection. They do not need to report for interviews nor do they need to visit the offices of the reporters. Reporters and correspondents can work from their homes, offices or remote locations. Reporters with a technical background can use digital journalism to get the job done faster and easier than traditional journalists.
Another important advantage of digital journalism is that it provides citizens with accurate and up-to-date news. However, all news sites cannot be called “traditional” since they still follow the guidelines set forth by the government and related regulatory agencies. Hence, all online news sites need to abide by the regulations set forth by these bodies. In India, journalists are required to follow the Citizen Journalism Guidelines which is derived from the Editors’ Code of Ethics of traditional journalism.
There are other notable differences between traditional reporting and digital journalism. Traditional journalism makes use of traditional media like radio and print. While digital journalism makes use of electronic media such as the Internet and email. One of the biggest disadvantages of digital journalism is that it is mostly dependent on the availability of available information. The fast way in which information can be disseminated has made it possible to get news within seconds. However, the lack of deadlines and the fact that it is largely dependent on the electronic storage of data makes it prone to corruption.
There are also several benefits associated with digital journalism. It helps reduce costs and increases efficiency of the news organizations. Also, since it is based on the Internet and email, it is easy to control and track the flow of the news. Also, there is little or no censorship in online news sites unlike in print media where censorship is practically impossible.