Mangaluru, July 2, 2017: Speaking on ‘New Age Media’ at a Press Day programme at Mangaluru Press Club, Journalist Gopalakrishna Kuntani on July 1, Saturday said that new age media has been growing rapidly and unexpecdly changing the norms of breaking news.
Jurno Kuntani referred to the tweets dispatching news in a jiffy, overtaking ‘breaking news’, as electronic media refer to current news developments. As soon as news takes place in the society, it is up on on Twitter, WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram that form social networking sites - the new age media. They now are the catalysts in rapid fire politics at all levels.
The all pervading influence of new age or social media is beyond all imagination, traditional media houses, mainly print media, have been incorporating technology to provide online and e-paper facilities, that are more friendly to a cross section of public.
The question over the impact of new media on traditional ways of dissemination of news with newspapers is still debated, but a similar question was mooted during the foray of electronic media. One cannot ignore that all types of media have surrendered to new age media, a paradigm shift in the last few decades, when taking newspapers to readers was an arduous task. There were instances of dailies reaching villages at late evening hours due to lack of adequate transportation facilities, he recalled.
Media impact: Sadashiv Shenoy, president of Bengaluru Press Club, said the recent incident of legislature exercising suzerain power over media is very evident of the fact that journalism is still alive and kicking.
Shenoy, who hails from Belthangady in the district, was also happy to note that the day coincides with Doctor’s Day, with the journalists having enormous responsibilities to treat the ills of the society.
A team of artists, led by artist and environmentalist Dinesh Holla, created a collage to mark the day at an exhibition organised on the second floor of Patrika Bhavan here, see pictures .