How Does the News Work?

As we enter the age of 24-hour news channels and omnipresence of mobile devices, the question of how news is actually transmitted is becoming a moot point. In the old days, news was delivered via printed or typed documents, then by phoning it into the newsroom. Today, it is instant with the help of the internet.

The internet has become a major contributor to the spread of news. For instance, it is often difficult to get the latest breaking news through traditional methods, whereas, an email is immediately delivered to you. However, with the advent of mobile technology, breaking news is now just a few clicks away.

A number of new media outlets are making their presence felt, most notably, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, and the likes. These networks provide viewers with an alternative to the mainstream Western media. They have garnered millions of followers, many of whom view them as an alternative to the yawn-inducing snoozefests they find on traditional networks.

The old saying, “The truth is out there” has taken on a new meaning. Several government agencies are imposing constraints on bias in the news, including the United Kingdom’s Ofcom, which enforces impartiality requirements on broadcasters. This has led to some skepticism about whether or not the latest and greatest innovations are worth the hype.

On a more positive note, it is a given that journalists are proud of their work. According to a recent study by the Society for Professional Journalists, the vast majority of journalists are satisfied with their jobs.