The importance of print media in a digital age

Juliette Jabra

The demise of print journalism has unfortunately been a continuous phenomenon affecting the realm of journalism over the past few years, as a result of the digital age we are exposed to and immersed within.

Newspapers are no longer the primary source of news and information as they once were, with online articles, social media posts, videos, radio shows, and TV programmes replacing their tangible counterpart.

It is an alien concept in today’s age to wait impatiently for the local newspaper to be printed in order to learn of the community’s and world’s happenings, as this knowledge is literally right at our fingertips.

This rapid growth of virtual and electronic media has definitely decreased print media’s circulation, but most certainly not its importance. It cannot be ignored that print media was the first form of mass communication, which monopolized the field until the introduction of the radio in the 1920s.

Print media is enduring and long-lasting, and in the impatient, relentless world we are currently living in, newspapers are often deemed too ‘slow’ in their publication. That being said, it is hasty to pronounce print dead, or a “thing of the past” as I so often hear, especially that there still exists a large population invested in the printing world. The reading of a newspaper, to many of us, is a social ritual we are not quite ready to give up yet.

Despite the countless factors that may be contributing to the steady but continuous fall of print, there will always be those who are reluctant to commit to any other type of media. We, at Outlook, are among those people, and we are steadfast in our commitment to and faith in the newspaper industry.

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