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People Want the News, But Online

There are still some faithful people who carve out time in their day to read print newspapers or watch the news on TV. Although the technology available to tell stories has advanced significantly in the 21st century, people are still drawn to the basic elements of a good story. Whether the latest breaking thing is news in West LA or the Olympic games hosted somewhere in another part of the world, people want to stay informed. For the most part, they keep that connection with news online, though. Here are a few reasons why online delivery has outpaced other forms of news.

People Want the News, But Online

Independence from Network Scheduling

Many people grew up watching news on a schedule. The family listened on a radio as they got dressed for work or school. They gathered again around the television at 6pm to catch up on the events of the day. Online news allows the same information exchange at any time. No one has to rely on major networks to get a briefing on local and national headlines.

Portability

Those who get the news online have the option of selecting news sources on any of their mobile devices. They do not have to be in front of a television to know what is happening. Many former print delivery subscribers now get electronic versions on their cell phones, tablets, laptops and other devices.

Selective Sourcing

Naturally, everyone has a news source that is more trusted than most others and chooses to stick to that source for most breaking stories. If they decide to receive news mostly online, they can filter out the sources they do not trust. It is empowering to be able to mute chatter and newsfeeds that do not interest you.

Even more conventional news consumers, those who keep the TV channel tuned to 24-hour news or who like to read the local newspaper while they eat breakfast, have shifted the ways they take in the news. While the newspaper and television are still a part of the equation, they mix those access methods with online news. Many have found it easy to follow traditional media to get the basic story. However, with so much information readily available and accessible, the average person can get more in-depth details and varying angles on a trending story. This is a sure way for every person to have an informed, well-rounded opinion.

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Christine J Yorke

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