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      From newspapers to the net: famed editor delivers lecture on future of journalism

      Ross Wasserstrom

      Issue date: 4/10/09 Section: News
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      "The future of journalism is the Internet," said Tina Brown at her lecture last Wednesday. "Newspapers have failed to capture the interest of their readers like the Internet does, and the opportunities to bring talented people into new mediums are limitless online."

      Brown, the founder and editor-in-chief of the online news aggregate The Daily Beast, came to campus to discuss the future of journalism and news media as part of the Wain Journalism Lecture Series. Her lecture focused on the hasty transformation from print media to online information hubs, and the importance of the Internet's limitations.

      "Newspapers will always have a place because people love them, for informative as well as sentimental value," Brown said.

      However, she pointed out that newspapers have fallen short lately, mostly because readers want more than a simple overview of news and business from a newspaper. She said that many people are turning to the Internet for headlines because stories are constantly updated with new information and are often accompanied by a plethora of interactive features, including images and on-demand video.

      The Daily Beast, an information hub that combines the best of online news with in-house commentary and opinion, is one of many sources through which people can concentrate their digest to only the most important or immediate stories. With several thousand hits from new users every day, Brown hopes The Daily Beast will be as successful as some of its more established online rivals such as The Huffington Post, MSNBC, and Slate.

      These online news websites, along with the increasingly interactive websites of traditional newspapers such as The New York Times and USA Today have increased competition in the emerging Internet news market more rapidly than Brown or any of her editing peers predicted.

      There is, however, "increasing opportunity for collaboration," Brown said, referring to collaboration between online news websites and traditional newspapers.
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