The Online Newspaper: Information Highway
The world is changing so rapidly that all the things I grew up with are slowly disappearing. Vcrs, Tapes, My Hairline, and now even the traditional newspaper. I can still remember a time, when people waited on the newspaper in the morning.
It was delivered by some unlucky guy who had to wake up at 4 in the morning, to get it ready for the public. In that newspaper, election results were discovered, sports scores were unveiled and executions were confirmed. Yes, the paper has been a true friend to a lot of people. Now the internet has taken a beautiful invention and made it even better.
The power of the web is so incredible and influential. The newspaper was given legs by different groups and it has ran off into the millennium. Now every opinion has been given a digital platform, to plead it’s case to the world. This democracy has given freedom to the deranged thoughts of a couple of individuals, but for the most part it’s been a great combination.
All types of groups have been able to air their concerns, whether it be love, religion, war or politics, no opinion is turned away. Companies like 21 Blackstreet, Bossip, and Black Box have been given a format to present all of their products and services. Online Newspapers, or at least good ones, have kept up with all of the news in a timely manner. They are always up to date and keep readers informed. The Online Newspaper is the heartbeat of a new generation.
Malaysia Online Newspaper
Malaysia as a developing country has seen a lot of development in terms of Information Technology recently. Such development naturally sparks chain reaction to other fields as well, such as the electronic media and to be specific the newspaper. Just a decade ago there was only a handful of on-line newspapers in Malaysia but at the time this article is written, there are 23 on-line newspapers which are currently active in Malaysia.
The newspaper publishers are actually in a dilemma, they are caught in a situation where they can choose to go against the IT mainstream, that is to stay as an offline newspaper publishers or they can choose to follow the mainstream and that is to go on-line. But either way there is a risk involved – if they choose to stay offline, they risk of losing to their competitors as in the news business time is crucial: The one who brings the news the fastest to the readers is the winner.
On the other hand, if they choose to follow the crowd or mainstream, they are losing their revenue from the existing readers as being on-line means free reading. Of course, the content can be tailored or trimmed down so that the paid version has much value-for-money element in it but then again it is a break or make decision to make.
As of now, I can only speculate that there are more good than bad to go on-line for the newspaper publishers in Malaysia as apparently there has been no case where a newspaper publisher has gone bust. Hopefully, such trend will continue and there will be more online newspaper in Malaysia in the future.