News Definition

Has the definition of news changed with the rapid changes in our society and in the news business? If so, how?



  1. The definition of news has changed with the rapid changes in our society and in the news business. In the early days of newsprinting, subjects included the important facts, such as presidential actions and war. Today, these subjects are hit on, but some people feel that the love triangle between Brad, Angelina, and Jenn are way more newsworthy than health care and war. The newspapers, television programs, and internet sources are going to give the majority of society what it wants, and society seems to lean toward the latest fashions. Today’s society focuses on the celebrities, then the more important subjects that affect us daily and will inevitably affect our future. I think society has news and its importance twisted.

    Comment by klshreve — September 8, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  2. In genereal, news is the presentation of facts and information given to the masses. This broad definition of news has not completely changed, but has been challenged and slightly altered by reporters and news organizations.
    Society today, especially the youth, value more entertainmnet and feature stories than anything else, and prefer to visualize news rather than to read about the events that take place in society. Even with these new characteristics that the genereal public have inherited, reporters still present news (whether it be entertainment or general) to the public. The way that news can be questioned is through the use of tabloids and other forms of reports that exaggerate a story. Tabloids can sometimes be capale of convincing an audience that false information is true, but other times lawsuits and complaints arise whenever the truth is distorted. This shows that the public still do value reliable sources and news coverage in the news that they receive, which shows that the definition of news in the public eye has not completely changed.
    Newws businesses are noe more reliant on publishing AP stories or stories from other news media instead of hiring and using their own reporters to retrieve new and interesting stories. This method that businesses use deter the originality of news in itself with the repetition of facts shown to the people. As long as the public is still receiving some sort of idea as to how the world is today, the overall definition of news remains the same.

    Comment by Alesha Bailey — September 8, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  3. Yes, news has changed with our society. Everything changes when our society changes, its normal. News was always about the specific hard facts and getting a “real” story to the public. Now more news is being turned to more fluff pieces like articles about celebrities or about some random television show. There are still people in this world that want to know the real news and what is going on in the world, not what celebrity is dating who, or what television show is premiering tomorrow night. The United States is going through a lot of financial problems and the world has so many more issues to focus on then fluff pieces. I would like to see more hard hitting news back in the news industry.

    Comment by slbilharz — September 8, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

  4. The definition of news has been and always will be the same. What changes with society, is the importance of different stories. Headlines that you may have seen back in 1930 would certainly be much different and somewhat unusual on a newspaper today. The news today contains a lot of seemingly useless information, and not enough hard hitting news about the government, or our financial crisis as a country. Sadly, it doesn’t seem that news content will ever be consistent again.

    Comment by kaitlin sullivan — September 9, 2009 @ 1:47 am

  5. The definition of news has changed with society in a few ways. One of the ways it has changed is by what people value as news. In the past a breaking news story was a fire or a robber on the loose. Now, people see breaking news as which celebrity is dating who. Stories such as war and tragedy are still important but i do not feel they are as important to some people as they were in the past. Also, to some the definition of news has changed by the way we get our news. Newspapers used to be the only way to get information and now most people don’t even read the paper. Most people use the internet to get information.

    Comment by beth steele — September 9, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  6. Today we live in a 24 hour news cycle. News come in very rapidly, we can check the news on cable and the internet at any time of the day. Back in the day there were only 3 major channels and the definition of news was different that it is today. In today’s very fast news cycle people get bored pretty fast with the news. We constantly see car chases, celebrities and some other unusual stories that catches people attention, couple decades ago these stories were never considered news. The viewers want exciting stories and the news scramble to deliver that to them.

    Comment by Michael Stopka — September 9, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  7. The definition of news hasn’t changed, but the way it’s being distributed due to our society has change how our viewers or readers get the news and how the news organization adjusts to it. We’re now in a society where our viewers and readers are constantly on the go and the news organization have been adjusting to that for the past few years now. Now people can get their news from the internet, cell phones, and other places. The newspaper industry is an example of how news not changing, but how they get it out. People don’t have the time or money to grab an actually newspaper, so to adjust, the newspaper industry have used their website to post audio, video, and pictures. So, it’s not the definition of news that has changed our society and news organizations, it’s society that has changed our news organizations on how they get their information.

    Comment by lamarhreporter — September 10, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  8. The definition of news has not changed. However, what people perceive as news has. Today all people want to know about is the latest gossip with celebrities, or if they have to pay more taxes. I mean yes people still feel bad if there is a natural disaster or it makes them happy to see a good deed done, but they do not select a paper based on those headlines.
    When I surf threw the channels I see more reality T.V. or specials about the lifestyles of the rich and famous than stories about the civil wars and coops in third world countries where no one intervenes.
    All people wish to read about is themselves, their desires, and anything else that might affect their status of living.

    Comment by Kaitlyn Peters — September 10, 2009 @ 3:14 pm

  9. The definition of news has changed over the past years, but has not been completely altered. First of all, people see news in a different way. Most people don’t care about a fire or war in the way that they used to. Now, the most news we see is about celebrities and their families. The way news is delivered has also changed. Our grandparents used to get most, if not all, of their news from a newspaper or radio. Now, we get almost all of our news from the internet or the television. This has changed the way we look at news. Complicated stories that require explaining aren’t appealing to people now because they can’t be packaged in a pretty or appealing way. So, complicated issues, such as health care, are mostly misunderstood because people don’t care enough to read about the issue. All in all, news is changing in subtle ways, but it is also changing in the opposite direction everyday.

    Comment by Kristin Jording — September 10, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  10. I do believe that the news has changed dramatically among out society and business world. It seems as if in today’s society people want to read more entertaingment issues rather than serious situations occurring. I believe a result of this is because our news has lost a little bit of credibility over the years. Some people find it hard to trust our news. I think this has played an enormous role in how our news and business world display their knowledge of news sources. It seems as if online is becoming more popular, this diminishes the print journalism. Although, it will always be around, it is more common for people to open up the internet to find out information whereas in the past everyone got news from the news paper. The value given to the news has changed and I believe in the end our news has rapidly changed. Our society and economic problems put a damper on newspapers because it is very demanding to constantly cover problems. Although, that is exactly what journalist are for, and I believe as a result of our economy and business problems they have shaped and changed the news a lot.

    Comment by Colleen Harrigan — September 11, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

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