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Smartphone opens new era for newspaper industry

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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By Honor Leung --105016 2012年9月25日 (二) 22:06 (UTC)


As smartphones become more popular, people demand more news, which is giving life to the sunset industry of newspapers, said Tim Chan, executive chief editor of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, yesterday at a university talk.


In the old days, people used to flip though printed newspapers on public transports on their way to work in the morning. Nowadays, smartphones are more commonly used. People prefer poking on their smartphones to spreading printed newspaper in a crowded train car.


“So who will buy printed newspapers? Besides the older generation, there aren’t any new readers,” said Chan. “As technology develops, printed newspapers might be weeded out just like handkerchiefs are replaced by tissues.”


The convenience brought by smartphones boosts people’s demand for real-time news updates, opening up a new chapter for the media.


“People stick to news updates on television or internet every minute, like an addiction,” Chan said. In the past, people got their news from newspapers every morning and television news at night. Now, with 24-hour television news updated every half an hour, and internet news refreshed every minute, news spreads in the blink of an eye.


“With social media, young people are aware of an event five minutes right after it happened, much quicker than me.” Chan said. He saw such raising demand of news as a big age for the newspaper industry, bringing a bright future for journalism students.
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