In the business world, a subject has always been discussed in the journalistic field. The constant struggle between digital journalism and printed journalism. Many cling to the idea that traditional newspapers have their days numbered. But is that really the case…? Today we’ll analyze how both sides develop in business.

Digital Journalism vs. Printed Journalism

In the journalistic context, traditional journalism and online journalism have been discussed and compared. The first we mentioned is the one that started it all. The journalism of the old times began being what defined journalistic work beyond format. And just like the world, it has evolved over the years.

Traditional journalism is ruled by several things, one of them being the depth of content exposed. It’s certainly much more prepared and specialized to the needs of readers. During its golden years, it shined dazzlingly and connected nations from all continents. And from it came two great aspects: investigative journalism and precision journalism.

BienDateao Digital Journalism
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Those were years of greatness and progress for journalism. However, things changed during the early 90s. With the advent of the Internet, which marked a turning point in the history of journalism. All this together with the arrival of the digital era, in which many journalists saw a new opportunity. And a new threat.

When information began to flow rapidly on the Internet, journalists had to accelerate. The growth of users in the digital platforms was vertiginous, in 2006 there were already close to one thousand one hundred million people in the network. The amount of people reached on the web by journalism proved to be higher and growing.

The digital advantage

Let’s talk now about the advantages and benefits that journalists gained with the digital era. First of all, it’s worth noting that the Internet evidently connected everyone. Doing digital journalism means talking about immediacy. Contrary to printed journalism, which covers news of the previous day and not the moment.

One of the things that makes digital journalism more accessible is its low production costs. It doesn’t require a very strict journalistic work. And here there is no need to manufacture printed paper to show the news. Because these are already embodied in a platform where they’re permanently registered.

Digital Era Journalism
All the content that is published on the Internet can always be stored there. While traditional paper can deteriorate over time.

And another point is that the information is always current. It’s always on the moment. It’s much easier to find out what is happening now in digital journalism. News are updated constantly and on a daily basis. A clear advantage over its rival in printed format. However, not everything is rosy for digital journalism.

One of the problems of digital news is that need they require to be less rigorous. They must be quick, satisfactory, concise and brief. Through mobile devices, people have less time to read and are not always interested in knowing the details. Something that is not seen in the printed newspapers, which are designed to be read very carefully.

Which one is better in business?

Each modality is supported by a particular income. Traditional journalism does it through the sales of newspapers on paper and advertising. Digital journalism uses Internet advertising and subscriptions to earn money. But going straight to the facts, which of the two is more profitable in the business world?

Leaving aside the rivalry and knowing the advantage of digital journalism, we analyze which of them produces more income. In an article written by freelancer journalist Jason Steele, he emphasizes that it could be thought that exercising his work in the network gives less income.

What’s the basis of his argument? That producing content online doesn’t require a lot of work. In comparison to professionals who write for sophisticated printed magazines or newspapers, which who obtain higher remuneration. In spite of everything, Steele affirms that this isn’t always the case.

Writing Media Content
Writing news, press releases and articles for digital media takes less time and is relatively easier.

We must take into account that digital media tend to publish content constantly. Therefore a writer can earn more by working by hours, days or weeks. Taking into account that it is paid for each publication. This is because (according to Steele) producing content on the Internet saves a lot of time, being less laborious.

There’s a disadvantage however, the content of traditional and printed media is usually richer in information. Since it’s more worked, which therefore has greater journalistic and informative quality. This perception may be relative, but it is the one that most adheres to the facts.

If making money is not your best interest, going traditional would be more satisfying in that case. The same goes for those who want to produce entertaining content but in a less strict and effortful way. In exchange for higher income. What matters is to choose the style that best suits the needs you have as a writer.

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