Evolving sources of news for media - A Study
Digital and social media have been prominent buzzwords in the communications business, where professionals are increasingly leveraging interactive tools to gather information and communicate with more targeted and global audiences. The impact of the virtual world has penetrated the macrocosm that is the Indian media. The Media Insights report, conducted by multidisciplinary communications firm 20:20 MSL in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Mass Communications, sheds light on the spark behind the ideation and execution of a journalist’s story in the present-day scenario. The report is based on one-on-one interviews conducted with a stratified sample of 309 journalists from regional and national publications across the country.
The report reveals the growing redundancy of the one-time star of the communications world – the press release. The waning interest in the standard-format, and now mundane, document stems from a clutter of corporate news releases that media outposts are faced with on a daily basis. Additionally, a common sentiment that journalists have expressed is the need for first-hand fact-checking before their stories are filed. This is precisely the need that social networks fulfill. Even while adherence to convention may be the risk-free way to go, what communications professionals must understand is the scope for successful storytelling and message delivery through a social interface that empowers users to exchange content and facilitate meaningful conversations and actions.
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