There is a general consensus that the development of the Internet will eventually whip out newspapers. I disagree with this belief, and in this essay, I will explain why newspapers will not cease to exist amidst the rise of digital media.
Journalists and the printing industry have their reasons to be worried in the digital age. Just as televisions have almost replaced radios, or as online video watch platforms like Youtube have ended the popularity of DVD players, social networks and search engines may soon leave newspapers a remnant of the past. Many people point out that traditional newspapers still have their loyal communities. However, I reckon that the declining number of newspapers readers is sufficient to keep journalism alive. Journalism may still develop in the digital era, only if it finds a way to accommodate itself.
The same solution employed by the press worldwide is to transit from traditional newspapers to Internet-based newspapers. Many prestigious newspapers such as "The Guardian" or "Fox News" have gone online; readers may read for free or pay a regular subscription to get unlimited access to a variety of articles. Indeed, there is an infinite number of alternatives to get information today, but online newspapers are gaining favor. Two main reasons may contribute to its rising popularity. First, the information appearing in newspapers is unfiltered and is more trustful comparing to the stories on social media. Secondly, people prefer to learn for themselves, rather than resorting to asking strangers, real-life or online.
Compared to traditional newspapers, online newspapers also gain new advantages. They can employ audio recordings and videos, and their speed far surpasses that of conventional printings. Therefore, newspapers are not likely to disappear any time soon. By using state-of-the-art technology and constantly renewing itself, journalism will find its way to flourish in the new era.