Young Australians going online for news

Technology — By on May 28, 2013 9:19 PM


Young Australians are increasingly turning to online platforms and social media to access their news.

Gone are the days of sitting down with a broadsheet and finding out the preview day’s news, with information now available at the fingertips of all Australians.

Whether it  via smartphone, tablet or computer,  news is readily available, easy to access and constantly updated.

According to Crikey, the public is “ravenous for online content” and statistics show that 150,000 people use The Age and Sydney Morning Herald iPad apps each day.

This large number proves that the public is changing the medium that they use to receive their news.

Adelaide University psychology student Elyse Koler chooses to use her smartphone instead of reading the newspaper each day.

“It is just so much easier to read it on my phone, instead of reading a large newspaper,” Elyse said.

“I always have my phone with me and news is updated almost instantly, I would rather know the most recent information than read it the next day with old information.”

The Boston bombing incident earlier this year is proof that young Australians are moving away from more traditional news mediums and using online news and social networks instead.

The bombings occurred at approximately 4:30am, after the daily papers had already gone to print, giving online content the advantage.

News websites were constantly updating throughout the aftermath, while the print editions were forced to wait until print to publish the most recent news.

Social media provided information not only to the public but also to authorities and news outlets.

Although  social media receives a lot of criticism, it proved very useful in this instance.

Not only was information shared about the bombings – correct or incorrect – social mediaalso provided the platform for families to find out if  their loved ones were safe.

Margie Yurek used Facebook to get in contact with family members and friends in Boston.

“With all of the problems that Facebook can cause, at times like the bombings, it really becomes a way to bring people together,” Margie said.

While Twitter was also being used to contact family members, news outlets also used it to their advantage.

Minute by minute during the chase of the bombers, Twitter was bombarded with updates from people on the scene, not only journalists but also the general public witnessing the incident.

Prominent Adelaide journalist Michaelangelo Rucci told OTR he believes that with the rise of online reporting, the future of journalism is unclear.

“Bloggers seem to be taking over from traditional journalism,” Rucci said.

“Soon it will be like news from the past centuries, gossips going around telling the news.”

Although the future of traditional journalism may be uncertain, it is clear that young Australians are embracing the interactive and instantaneous world of online news.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,


You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment