Newspapers can face digital onslaught

Newspapers can face digital onslaught

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - In the digital world where most people own computers, tablets or smart phones, print media or hardcopy newspapers are a dying industry.

Despite its flexibility (literally), where it can be folded, dropped without having to worry about its screen getting cracked, longevity - without needing to be plugged into an electric source, hardcopy newspapers still cannot compete with electronic media when it comes to delivering breaking news to satisfy the society's demand for immediate gratification.

However, the Media Studies Department, Universiti Malaya, and the President of the Editor Association Malaysia Associate, Prof Madya Dr Hamedi Mohd Adnan (pictured), are optimistic that not all is lost in the hardcopy newspaper industry, especially here in Brunei Darussalam.

Prof Madya Dr Hamedi, who was in the Sultanate to conduct a workshop on writing and editing for the Islamic Da'wah Centre staff recently, said print media, especially newspapers, still have an edge.

When compared to electronic media, in terms of credibility, newspaper articles go through a lot of factual checks before it can be published, whereas the credibility in website news can be questioned because editing can be done anytime.

However, Prof Madya Dr Hamedi acknowledged that the rapid development of information communications technology have resulted in many newspaper companies succumbing to digital news due to the increasing cost of raw material and printing.

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