This edition: Print News
The print news business in the United States is founded on a centuries-old tradition of journalistic ideals that spring from the goals and principles of democracy. The ideals of freedom of expression and the public’s right to know are carried into the functions and services print news performs today. However, the business pressures of running a newspaper demand a constantly changing approach to news gathering and reporting that also takes into consideration the increasingly complex media environment and the changing lifestyles of readers. The decline of major two-newspaper metropolitan markets, increases in paper and other operating costs, the rise of the Internet, new newsgathering technologies, competition from other media, and other rapid changes in the industry have pronounced effects on the newsgathering and reporting process. This lesson takes you inside newsrooms to give you a sense of how an idea or event becomes a print story. It also examines the evolution of investigative journalism, wires services, and the impact of new technologies on news gathering.