ERIC Number: ED234392
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Computerization of the Newspaper in the 1980s.
A review of the literature on the computerization of newspaper newsrooms shows that since 1960, computers have assumed an increasingly important role in information collection, news writing and editing, pagination, and news transmission. When newspaper libraries are computerized, reporters are able to find information more quickly and to use reference material more effectively. Using computers in copy-editing tasks permits newsroom staffs to devote more time to careful research. Word processors reduce writing, rewriting, editing, and headline writing time. An increasing number of larger newspapers are computerizing pagination--the laying out of news space, headlines, and advertising--and using computers for facsimile transmissions--electrical transmissions of pages to different printing sites. In the future, computers may be more frequently used in electronic reproduction of newspapers for the home through videotex and teletext and in satellite technology for the transmission of wire service news. Continued advances in computer technology will produce (1) cost-effective geographic and demographic newspapers; (2) better quality newspapers created by faster and more economical production methods; and (3) new data base management and marketing possibilities for auxiliary products and services. (MM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Publishing
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983).