added a new open-ended question for the first time this year:
What impact has new media had on your work? We got a variety
of enthusiastic responses, ranging from “Not at all” to “It’s
MOST RESPONDENTS SAID IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT IN THEIR RESEARCH
AND HAS ADDED TO THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
It's a vital, easily accessible source I use constantly.
In many respects it has made it easier. Information is more readily
available and accessible.
I head an investigative team and also edit a regional travel section.
Online publication has magnified effect of both efforts and given
us more feedback from readers.
Easier to research items through a Search Engine.
Here's the best way I can explain it: In trying to answer your
first question on this survey, I needed to choose newspaper, Internet
and news service, at a minimum, to accurately describe our products.
But I could choose only one, so I went with the traditional choice
of newspaper, even though that represents what
I spend the least amount of time creating.
Simplified it, and brings quick results.
Speeds up research. Enriches content.
I rely on web sites and email almost exclusively.
Makes searching archives and finding addresses and phone numbers
It's completely changed over from print to online. I only work
on two printed publications now ... an annual report and a quarterly
magazine. All other newsletters/news is provided via the Web.
Many more options.
We have, for some time, been providing extra content on our Web
site that complements what we are able to include in the magazine.
We are also gearing up our official blog, which will allow us greater
flexibility in the immediacy of the topics we can cover.
Lots of technology changes and having to train myself and other
staff members on how to receive new media and interpret it.
Made it easier
It is easier to research and get divergent viewpoints
It certainly has made research easier and quicker.
More media sources & more to cover websites, posted studies
make it easier to do research. I do our web publishing as well
as story set-up shooting, writing, producing, so time crunch worst
Many of my stories are published on-line, so I often write first
for the web edition, then later for the print version. As a result,
I have rolling deadlines. I've also been tasked to take photos
and videos while reporting a story when a regular photographer
was not available to take either. So, I've had to incorporate new
The internet has made accessing information very easy.
I'm writing a LOT more for the web. I also research blogs as well,
though it's more difficult now to find the truth due to the preponderance
of info that is out there.
It's changed everything.
It's changed the production priority to immediate Web presence
with a story.
We're highly encouraged to get audio and video elements to local
story packages. I had to do a weekly video about one of my columns,
but that got killed. Electronic releases save time and paper.
Blogs and the internet in general are the most important research
tools I have.
Although I belong to several social networking communities, I never
use them for work-related research. Many use/follow Twitter feeds,
but I don't really bother with those.
i have moved out of assigning editing but when i was email became
It's made life much easier/faster. particularly search engines.
It has increased the speed with which I can receive information.
It 's easier to find varying opinions (positive and negative) regarding
subjects, organizations and people using New Media.
Makes it much easier to get my product out.
Makes it easier to report
Sometimes Very helpful. Particularly it provides up dates on the
front of ethnic media.
It has made it much easier to track down information. Much more
is available out there to help formulate questions and to provide
background when writing.
It makes researching a story a snap. We use facebook and myspace,
now, more than ever to investigate people and stories
It is rapidly enhancing how we research.
I am able to tell parts of the story that did not get into the
story on the blog and direct readers to interesting resources I
It's made my job a heck of a lot easier - especially when it comes
to doing research!
It can make researching must faster
faster and easier to acquire information; easier to organize; less
paper to deal with
I get better information to include in my stories. Response time
It has become an extension of our reporting.
It's integral as it saves me tons of time.
Video feeds allow me to "witness" events that I cannot
attend in person. New media sources pose additional information
portals that may form the basis for a column.
New Media has made my job easier, and I appreciate that.
I work in new media, so I'm biased, but it's mainly all I use.
Sometimes CNN or wikipedia to verify.
It's been extremely helpful.
OTHERS SAID IT HAD HAD LITTLE IMPACT OR WAS NOT HELPFUL, EVEN
a little more stressful and time consuming
Minor. I routinely check it because of its growing usage, but I
have found it to be mostly garbage and disappointing and a waste
Little. We are a small community weekly paper.
Very little at this point, but expect that to change as I learn
how to more effectively use new media
Right now, not much, but i forsee it becoming more important over
the next year.
I don't know who New Media is or what they send me. If it's unrelated
to local Jewish news, however, I'm probably not interested
Not a whole lot, directly. Indirectly, we're competing with new
digital online media and turn some of our news/features info into
online media too.
I use it when I have to; otherwise, not much.
Raised my anxiety level + frustration level as PRs often direct
me to a site rather than just spoon-feed the who-what-where-when-why
that I need
SOME IDENTIFIED BOTH PROS & CONS
Simplified some things, but also made it easier to get some things
wrong or to avoid talking to people, which isn't so good.
Makes it both easier and more complicated. More information is
out there -- but there may not be time to pursue all of the avenues.
I don't like audio and video because it's hard to load on my antique
newsroom computer and it takes too long to watch and listen to.
More material available when I want it, but can require more time
to sort through ... sometime a lot of of information is provided
that is not relevant to my readership; it's helpful if the person
sending information knows where they're sending it instead of just
sending information en masse and hoping some publication will take
Web searches and information received via email have made finding
information easier, however, it also has increased the amount of
information, which can make it difficult to find the right/best
Makes things easier in some respects, then harder ... I think it
makes a good journalist do a better job (not helps him do a better
job,"makes" him do a better job; i.e., checking the
research) ... too often opinion gets mistaken for fact ... witness
the last election.