There Is No Need For Print Newspapers. Do you Agree?

Some people say there is no need for print newspapers. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

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With the increasing popularity of new age / electronic media, traditional newspapers seem less appealing and unnecessary to many people. I believe that this trend is inevitable; however, it does not mean that print media has become redundant.

As technology has developed at an astounding pace, a considerable number of people have gadgets, such as mobile phones and the computers, which allow them to find information at any time, so fewer people read print newspapers today. If they want to check what is happening around the world, what they need to do is to just press some buttons on their screen. This way of accessing news has many advantages over reading print newspapers in terms of time efficiency and convenience, and that is why most modern people are no longer big fans of print newspapers.

Another reason why print newspapers are no longer needed is that their presentation of information is monotonous while the various functions of the digital news are more engaging and personalized. The discussion board of news online provides viewers with opportunities to exchange their ideas about how they perceive the news events; with notifications of digital news, subscribers can be well informed of the most updated information, so they will not miss any important news reports. All these features cannot be found in print newspapers because they just display information with texts and photographs.

On the other hand, reading newspapers in a traditional way may be preferred by some people, as print newspapers are more authoritative in terms of the authenticity of information. To publish an issue of newspaper, it involves a series of processes such as journalists collecting information on spot and editors proofreading reports multiple times. These vigorous steps greatly ensure the reliability of news. By contrast, much of online news is not true because each internet user is able to publish news and make it go it go viral. Readers of this kind of fault information will be misled.

In conclusion, print newspapers are still needed because of their inherent merits that online media lack. They are a reliable source of news and information. They may lack the versatility of online media but that does not mean that they are not needed.

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Manjusha Nambiar

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9 Responses

  1. jatin says:

    Undoubtedly,this period is known as the era of gadgets and advanced technology, therefore many people believe that print media should be substituted with online media. On the whole I agree with the statement but it is extremely hard to operate in remote areas where no internet access is available.

    Providing news by way of internet or television will bring plethora of advantages. First and foremost, deforestation has become a major concern of nowadays which is greatly responsible for global warming and by using online media this issue can be reduced to a large extent as there is no need of paper in such kind of agencies. Further, it will make readers comfortable as news provided on it are cheap and one can read news at anytime and anywhere by clicking a button on his smartphone. Moreover, it is a fastest mode of spreading information when it is compared with paper media. While through newspapers,readers find the news of previous day,any news can be seen on internet or television at the same time when it actually happens. After considering its merits number of news channels such as ABP, NDTV, Aaj Tak etcetera have even launched their android application.

    Nevertheless, in the far flung places, it is almost impossible to get in touch with internet because of lack of network. As such, only paper media can be successful in these areas. A part from that, there are huge number of people who can not handle latest devices and for them it is difficult to read news on computers or mobile phones.

    To sum up, to stop print newspapers and to provide news by way of online channel will definitely offer benefits, however,the same is not useful in the villages, countryside areas or for those who are not familiar with technology.

  2. Hemendra Wijekoon says:

    Hi Manjusha ,you have really good essays with better vocabulary.Please check my essay.Thanks in advance


    According to the latest findings rapid usage of internet for access information and entertainment news has made less interest on existing printed newspapers and magazines.I do not completely accord with this phenomenon.

    Most of people in today’s world tend to busy and no enough time to spend additional time on reading printed newspaper.However thanks to the internet anyone can access to information anytime using their smart phones and computers.this has lead to decrease pollution and saving saving environment too.With this evolution people have become more informative and it has made various advantages too.Further not like printed material, news in internet has videos,voice clips and live streams which people can instantly access.A research carried out in Sri Lanka found that smart phone usage is 168 for 100 people in 2018 and internet access also has increased immensely over past few years. Due to these facts almost all newspaper publishers also promoted e-news papers to grab the readers.

    Although there is a rapid interest over e books,newspapers and e-magazines its believed to be some people still interest on printed newspapers and magazines.Mostly elderly people like to have their morning tea or coffee reading daily newspaper.Moreover these people much not interest on high technology and hard copies are much easier them to read.In cost terms also newspapers are more economical than data usage.On the other hand according to latest scientific findings over usage of smart phone and computer lead to increase eye pressure and mental disorder.With these facts it’s obvious traditional newspapers are still believed to be important in today’s world.

    In conclusion,the phenomenon of printed newspaper and magazines will be taken over by e based information means cant be fully established with all above facts and it’s believed to be a part of the society still stick to old fashioned way of life.

  3. Helen says:

    The maps given provide information on access to city hospital by road between year 2007 and year 2010. Overall, the city hospital now have well planned lane out for both its staffs and public to park their cars and two roundabout leading to the bus stop unlike before.
    In the year 2007,the hospital road is separated by six bus stop in total. The first three to the western axis and the second one to the towards the eastern part. There is also a car park facility for both the city hospital staffs and the public coming to the hospital.
    City hospital in the year 2010, now have well structure and additional facilities. The road leading to the hospital now have two major roundabout,one pointing to the South West while the other one is facing the South and the two leads to the big spacious bus stop which is separated by the hospital road. The public car park is at the extreme northern part of the city hospital.
    By comparison, the hospital in 2010now have different car parks for its staffs and public, more so a separate place is given for bus stop. However, the city hospital still maintained its locations for the ring road, the hospital and the road leading to the city for both years.

  4. kugan says:

    Newspapers have been losing their importance due to the emergence of modern communication mediums, such as social media and e-papers. It is argued by some people that printing newspapers have to be stopped and people should adopt to the state of art developments to gather the information. However, In my opinion, I disagree that recent developments in communication media are not suitable for everyone all around the world.

    Firstly, newspapers are still being as a major type of communication media in every part of the world. Many people have been reading the newspaper everyday morning as a custom. In my view, newspapers are comparatively cheaper the other electronic media. Remarkably, in many developing countries, people commonly have poor knowledge of handling electronic devices due to their economic status. Therefore, newspapers are being so popular media among many of them in order to get the news.

    Secondly, newspapers are more convenient to use than electronic devices. For, instance electronic devices, such as mobile phones, computers cannot be used for a long time to read the e-papers. But newspapers are more flexible and easy to use anywhere at any time. In addition, developing countries have been encountering for power cuts and expensive internet fares, so, people cannot totally rely on these digital communication media.

    In conclusion, digital media are emerging in many ways to share the news among people, though newspapers are still remaining as a major part of media due to its’ undeniable facilities.

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