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I prefer to see new media as enhancing ‘news’ rather than challenging convention. Traditional media simply can’t compete with the characteristics of new media when it comes to things like speed, channel or censorship. Established broadcast media will (for the moment anyway) maintain the premium of credibility and integrity due to the editorial and journalistic codes of practice embedded in the practice. New media and citizen journalism offers the alternative grass-roots, on-the-ground, in-your-face perspective. On occasion it may lead traditional media on breaking news, reveal new angles or insight, or circumvent barriers. New media is obviously a powerful new ally to traditional media and news organizations should continue to integrate and explore the balance of these complementary channels.

@Seamus - I think I know what you mean by the news outlets looking older; it's almost as if that information were staged and produced instead of it just being transmitted. Another thing I noticed is that usually the US networks filter out the graphic images, while in Europe and in digital media those images are shared and proposed as they are. What you're seeing is the news networks pandering to the audience with the tweets and called in comments, not a true dialogue or integration in the show. They're signaling that they're still "in charge" or control of the message.

@PierLuca - I'll need to brush up on my Spanish, which is nonexistent to begin with :) Thank you.

@Rod - good thinking about The West Wing episode. That show had good writers!

I'm currently working my way (again) through The West Wing on DVD. Last night the Season 1 episode I was watching included the line; "The story is going to break tomorrow, it's on the internet now".

This throwaway line, which made the show feel up-to-the-minute 9 years ago, revealed how much things have changed.

Yes, mainstream broadcast media is probably where the majority of people still get their news fix, but if it's "breaking news" you're after then you're now looking elsewhere: "The story's broken, it'll be on the news tomorrow."

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