Digital Vs Print

The only time I ever pick up a news paper is when it is offered to me free of charge by my school’s (Long Island University) journalism department. Everyday a copy of the NY Times is available for all students. Even then I find it rather cumbersome to flip through this large print medium of news rather than just thumbing through my phone. But as a comparison between digital and print I chose to read an article about new ideas surrounding space travel. The article was written by Dennis Overbye where he reports on various aspects regarding a conference held by Steven Hawking.

There is little to no difference between the print and digital versions of the article, it literally looks exactly the same from the beginning to the end of the story. This was actually surprising because I thought there would be some type of significant difference but there really was not.

The only noticeable difference between the two mediums was the availability and access to more detailed pictures and videos. At the top of the online article they have a video that recaps the key points made during the conference which gives you the basis of what the content of the article will be. This helps grab the attention of the online reader and help ease them into the read if there are some complex terms they would have to maybe look up otherwise.

As compared to the print version, the pictures are of a higher definition due to being on a screen and there are also a few more to look at online than the one in the physical copy of the newspaper. In both the print and digital copy of the article, I believe they worked hard to summarize the information concisely as they are almost identical. Regarding the text itself, there is no question about the quality of work on behalf of Mr. Overbye and the editors at the NY Times. There are just more advantages to having the option to get your news digitally.

Although news has been in print form for many years it has its costs with getting the text printed and having the papers delivered to the various distributors around the city. With digital news it cuts the costs of both because you are not using ink to print and the news is delivered electronically through computers, tablets, phones, and other smart devices via subscriptions and apps. As stated before screens are able to produce high quality images, incorporate video and GIFs for a more user friendly experience. Sometimes its nice to have a physical copy in your hand but when you’re a student on the move digital will always be the best way to go.

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