Ricardo Torres, Crime Reporter, Las Vegas Sun
Ashton Ridley, KUNV Station Head /UNLV
Nissa Tzun, Forced Trajectory Project, UNLV Grad Student
Emma Bloomfield, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
Why Now? How is this time different? The use of social media in activism, documentation, and amplification have made a big change in the ability to establish, hear multiple perspectives from, and believe people's lived experiences. However does that mean we don't NEED the "real" media anymore? Join our panelists to discuss!
What is the definition of MEDIA?
The oldest media forms are newspapers, magazines, journals, newsletters, and other printed material. These publications are collectively known as the Print Media, for example. Although print media readership has declined in the last few decades, many Americans still read a newspaper every day or a newsmagazine on a regular basis.
News reports broadcast via radio and television (and I might argue social media channels of vetted outlets) are what make up this category. Television news is hugely important in the United States because more Americans get their news from television broadcasts than from any other source. This is changing as more outlets adapt to different audiences, for instance streaming news clips are at times a substitute for those who aren't using things like cable.
The Internet is slowly transforming the news media because more Americans are relying on online sources of news instead of traditional print and broadcast media. Americans surf the sites of more traditional media outlets, such as NBC and CNN, but also turn to unique online news sources such as blogs. Websites can provide text, audio, and video information, all of the ways traditional media are transmitted. The web also allows for a more interactive approach by allowing people to personally tailor the news they receive via personalized web portals, newsgroups, podcasts, and RSS feeds.