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Tim Chan: Technology Is Going To Replace Newspaper

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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[Reporter: Chen Mengxi, Sep25th] Tim Chan, one of the founders of Apple Daily, and now executive chief editor at Hong Kong Economic Journal, attended a lecture at Hong Kong Shue Yan University yesterday. He said that the environment of newspapers in Hong Kong has changed a lot, and the developing prospect of newspaper today is a little bit miserable. Chan even claimed that, "Technology is going to replace newspaper."

Newspaper Is Replaced by Technology

During the lecture, Chan asked students whether they have the habit of buying newspapers every day. However, few students have such a custom.

Then Chan said,"When I was on the MTR, I found few people would read newspapers. On the contrary, most of them would have a phone in their hands and never let their eyes wander from it."

Chan also gave another example. "When I was working at Apple Daily, we promoted a preferential policy targeted at Journalism & Communication students in a university. We charged only 2 dollars per newspaper. But in the end, only four students were willing to get a subscription.」

Just as what Chan mentioned, with the emergence of iPhones, iPads and the 3G network, people have more ways of reading news. Therefore, no more new readers would choose newspapers.

Future of News Industry Will Be Promising

Despite fewer people buying newspapers, there are more people who are interested in news. Therefore, Chan had the high expectations for news industry.

Compared with the past, news today is more plentiful and fast. News broadcast on TV are updated every half an hour, and online news is updated each minute. It shows that there is a demand for news, and that the news industry will have a bright future.

Chan offered encouragement to the students as well: "In this existing news era, your future will also be promising."

Economic & Financial News will be more important

Chan also said that the advancement of society has lead to a rise in the importance of economic and financial news.

"With the develop of MPF and high inflation rate, the pressures on people nowadays are more and more heavy. Consequently, they have to care about financial news to create better living conditions," he said. Just like if there is a market, there must be a product provider. And this social situation definitely explains why economic and financial news has become significant.

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