I know, I know, I am a little late with this story, but with Sandy and all, this is the best I could do and I wanted to write about this story. In the age of the internet, dying newspapers, and lowered tv ratings, the live-stream has risen. The debates have been a hit on Youtube, drawing large views and it has to worry news organizations a little, right?
Youtube allows for a very accessible site that is convenient for young people who love to use the internet. Yes, Youtube does not have the coverage or analysis that CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News provides, but that doesn’t mean Youtube should be ignored entirely. It still has appeal to an audience that, quite frankly, tv stations have a tough time getting. And imagine if Youtube began providing a little more coverage and devoting some time for analysis of news events in the future? That could be a huge game-changer in the news industry, but I am only speculating there.
In my opinion, I feel like breaking news and news events are only news when I am watching it unfold on the television. That is probably not what most 22 year olds think, but that’s how I feel. It just feels right, but what feels right to some, is alien to others and that is what is happening with the internet. More and more people prefer the internet over television, so it comes as no surprise that live-streaming events on Youtube are so popular.
However, it’s not like news organizations are not thinking about the future. They have started implementing live-streams on their websites, but they are not getting the views that Youtube is getting. If this trend keeps up, it could be something to keep an eye on in this ever-changing landscape of news coverage.