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Newspapers: Modern technology has given us all an opportunity to access news and information, almost as it happens. There is usually someone about with their phone at the ready when a disaster strikes, to record the intimate details of the happening and then post it for all to see. We are finding out a lot more now because people are willing to tell readers what they had for breakfast, what their child did today and when and where they are going on holiday etc etc and even a lot more intimate and personal information, which should have remained intimate and personal. Indeed very often some post things thinking it will impress whereas it actually causes others to have a good laugh at them. The social media sites, which are making millions for the owners every time one clicks on one of them, will accept anything without care. There is little check if it is true or false, or if it might offend the innocent. When one thinks about newspapers it is a different story. They can be held accountable. Their journalists must ensure the truth of what they write and the editor must ensure that everything published is within the law. Otherwise there is a heavy price to pay. National and regional newspapers are very important too for keeping people informed of important things like what their TDs and Councillors are doing or not doing, what is coming down the line for us in the form of new laws or changes in law, challenging wrongs and giving the public an opportunity to join in debate or to get the wider view of topics which arise. Journalists have been responsible for raising issues that need investigation and they can keep the pressure on to get an outcome. Journalists and editors are our eyes and ears and can be our voices when wrongs are perpetrated or when things need changing. The power of the Press is enormous and cannot be substituted by social media, even though they too can publish some rubbish stuff. Many newspapers have folded because of falling sales. Companies are moving away from advertising in papers and using social media instead. The young and the not-so-young are happy to take their news from social media, so why buy a paper? In areas, where the local paper is no more, people are beginning to realise the benefits of the local paper because they now see the void that has been left in the transfer of news and happenings. The snippets that are available on social media do not have any in- depth discussion or lay-out of opinion or ‘the two sides to every story’. So one has no way of comparing ones opinion with that of others, many of whom have researched the issue in depth and published their findings. The other big void that will be created without newspapers is the archiving of material. If there are no papers where will be no need for journalists and photographers. Even at the moment everyone has a digital camera either as a stand-alone camera or on their phone. Where are the images stored and where will they be in 30 years time. When it comes to celebrating the 30th, 40th or 50th anniversary of an event where will the photos be? Where will the stories be? What kind of records will there be of any event that people want to recall? At the moment papers archive each production and the images so that these are available to the public to find information and pictures of events if needed in years to come. That will cease and a massive amount of information will be lost forever. Perhaps it is time then for us to think of the future and what we are leaving behind for future generations. At the moment it is difficult to research the history of centuries past – the next century will have little to go on unless we take steps to leave proper records through the continued use of our papers.
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Newspapers: Modern technology has given us all an opportunity to access news and information, almost as it happens. There is usually someone about with their phone at the ready when a disaster strikes, to record the intimate details of the happening and then post it for all to see. We are finding out a lot more now because people are willing to tell readers what they had for breakfast, what their child did today and when and where they are going on holiday etc etc and even a lot more intimate and personal information, which should have remained intimate and personal. Indeed very often some post things thinking it will impress whereas it actually causes others to have a good laugh at them. The social media sites, which are making millions for the owners every time one clicks on one of them, will accept anything without care. There is little check if it is true or false, or if it might offend the innocent. When one thinks about newspapers it is a different story. They can be held accountable. Their journalists must ensure the truth of what they write and the editor must ensure that everything published is within the law. Otherwise there is a heavy price to pay. National and regional newspapers are very important too for keeping people informed of important things like what their TDs and Councillors are doing or not doing, what is coming down the line for us in the form of new laws or changes in law, challenging wrongs and giving the public an opportunity to join in debate or to get the wider view of topics which arise. Journalists have been responsible for raising issues that need investigation and they can keep the pressure on to get an outcome. Journalists and editors are our eyes and ears and can be our voices when wrongs are perpetrated or when things need changing. The power of the Press is enormous and cannot be substituted by social media, even though they too can publish some rubbish stuff. Many newspapers have folded because of falling sales. Companies are moving away from advertising in papers and using social media instead. The young and the not-so-young are happy to take their news from social media, so why buy a paper? In areas, where the local paper is no more, people are beginning to realise the benefits of the local paper because they now see the void that has been left in the transfer of news and happenings. The snippets that are available on social media do not have any in-depth discussion or lay-out of opinion or ‘the two sides to every story’. So one has no way of comparing ones opinion with that of others, many of whom have researched the issue in depth and published their findings. The other big void that will be created without newspapers is the archiving of material. If there are no papers where will be no need for journalists and photographers. Even at the moment everyone has a digital camera either as a stand-alone camera or on their phone. Where are the images stored and where will they be in 30 years time. When it comes to celebrating the 30th, 40th or 50th anniversary of an event where will the photos be? Where will the stories be? What kind of records will there be of any event that people want to recall? At the moment papers archive each production and the images so that these are available to the public to find information and pictures of events if needed in years to come. That will cease and a massive amount of information will be lost forever. Perhaps it is time then for us to think of the future and what we are leaving behind for future generations. At the moment it is difficult to research the history of centuries past – the next century will have little to go on unless we take steps to leave proper records through the continued use of our papers.