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Radio Smart Talk: The changing media landscape

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 18, 2013 8:44 AM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, February 18:

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There's a revolution going on in the media right now.  Specifically, what's changing is how Americans get their news.  The days of the daily newspaper, the evening TV newscasts, and local radio stations being the main sources for news are over and probably never coming back.

Central Pennsylvania is a prime example.  The Patriot-News of Harrisburg has three print editions each week, but offers content 24/7 on-line, local TV stations no longer have newscasts at just 6 and 11 in the evening but have expanded to many dayparts to capture an audience whose lifestyles and viewing habits are changing, and witf is one of the few local radio stations that produce newscasts that are more than just headlines.

Technology has changed the game.  More news consumers are getting their news digitally than read print newspapers or listen to news on radio.  That's according to a study from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press that also said digital news consumption is catching up to TV as the prime source for news.

How did we get here and what does the future hold for news?

Those are questions we'll pose during on conversation on Monday's program. 

Appearing on the show will be NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik, Sara Glines, publisher of the York Daily Record, York Dispatch, Lebanon Daily News, Evening Sun of Hanover, and Public Opinion of Chambersburg, and Ernest Schreiber, Executive Editor of the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, New Era, and Sunday News.

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Comments: 6

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 09:20

    E-mail from Thomas:

    "I would like to hear your opinion on how stuff like "The Daily Show" affects the standard news industry."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 09:29

    E-mail from Blaine:

    "I currently subscribe to the York Sunday News. I would love to have weekends-only back. I leave for work to early to receive daily.

    My Comment: the print paper has more time to get it RIGHT; the longer the period of time between the event and publication the better the research can be!"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 10:05

    E-mail from D.:

    "It's a mobile generation that wants to read only what they want, when they want it: headlines, not obits, comics.

    There's also being green and not wanting to contribute to the environmental problems.

    And there's Craigslist,and all of the other free postings for classifieds, so the loss of revenue there alone has to be a huge factor.

    Some newspapers have a bias. Now people can get the slant from their own electronic choice.

    But the next time there is a national calamity where will everyone go to save that piece of time? The newspaper.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 10:09

    E-mail from Maggie:

    "I’m trying to adjust to the three-day-a-week paper. If you go to such a model, would you have an electronic edition of a real newspaper?"

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 10:10

    E-mail from O.:

    "Could have the postal system deliver that day's news, maybe just the morning, thus saving and eliminating the motor carrier."

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-02-18 10:15

    E-mail from Karl:

    "The upside is electronically I can be connected to the New York Times, the Washington Post, Carlisle Sentinel, Harrisburg Patriot. The downside is that in one second I can scan two pages of print and find an article that pertains to me. Having found and read that article, going online trying to email it to someone across the country can take over an hour to find it."

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