ERIC Number: ED228662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Technological Developments in Journalism: The Impact of the Computer in the Newsroom.
A review of the literature for the past 7 years reveals that the computer serves several key functions in the newsroom. Its more dominant role is in word processing, or internal copy processing regardless of the source of the copy. Computers are also useful in reviewing documents for content analysis, for survey research in public opinion polls and surveys, and for secondary research of data gathered by other sources. Graphics capabilities have helped reporters to understand complex statistics and reports and have aided advertising. Computerization is directly responsible for increasing the volume of news received by newspapers and even for how news is selected. Another recent development involves pagination, with newspapers laying out news space, headlines, and other editorial content using the computer. Other applications include the use of computerized index data bases for the storage and retrieval of information, facsimile transmission, and the printing of news on videotext. From the review of the literature, it appears that much of the research and develoment of computer applications in the newsroom in the remaining years will center on pagination, improved storage and retrieval of information, further movement toward all-terminal systems, and increased use of satellite technology for wire service transmissions of news. (A selected bibliography on computerization and the newspaper is appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Orlando, FL, April 6-9, 1983).