The article that I chose to review was, Media Writer at the Post is Headed to a Website written by Jeremy W. Peters. Peters informs readers about the movement of Howard Kurtz, an employee of the Washington Post who is leaving his position there to work for a news and commentary website, created by Tina Brown, The [Daily] Beast

 

Howard Kurtz (Image: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

 

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This article initially caught my attention because we always talk about how media is changing or has changed overtime, but I don’t believe I actually been a part of the change. To read that employees are leaving their job positions to be a part of something that will shape the future astonishes me. It makes me feels as though I’m a part of this change because I was old enough to witness and understand it.

According to Peters, this is what Kurtz had to say about leaving the Washington Post during a phone interview:

“The Post remains a terrific newspaper, but it [has] to find ways to do more with less, and that certainly affects the atmosphere…”

Based on that comment, Mr. Kurtz seems to see himself as an important commodity. But, the show must go on, and it will, with or without Mr. Kurtz. If this trend continues, a lot of companies like the Washington Post will be forced to accept the fact that they will lose their employees.

This article ties into class discussion because we have recently covered the history of print and how it has advance over the years. This article is a perfect example of the evolution of the newspaper. Nowadays, it is simple to log on to a website and read the daily news. People are no longer buying the paper or their magazine from a stand; they read them online. Soon enough, more professionals like Kurtz will decide to transfer to a web-based newspaper or magazine. When that time comes, the stands will, most definitely cease to exist.

I’m quite sure many media professionals’ eyes grew large when they read the headline of this article. It probably made them wonder which of their employees were going to leave them. Editors of magazines and newspapers alike should watch their backs because the internet is slowly creeping up and stealing their thunder. Not to mention that reading articles on the internet is free.

After reading this article one may find themselves wondering how these companies make money if their content is free and available for anyone to read. Someone has to wonder whether Kurtz is making more money at The Beast versus The Washington Post. The question Mr. Kurtz will soon have to ask himself will be,

“Was it worth it?” Only time can tell. And chances are, in the future, Kurtz will not have time to second guess any of his decisions because the younger generations will be coming to take over.

Generation Y should also pay attention and understand that if they want to be an editor or journalist, because the internet is the ‘hot spot’. With the technology level of generation y the future web-based newspapers will be top-notch. There is a possibility that those within generation y will chose to stick with the old-fashioned newspaper. With the potential of generation y, they might offer customers something on the newsstands that the internet can’t. But, once again, only time will tell.

Currently people still buy newspapers, but it is a fact that fewer and fewer people can be seen drinking their coffee and reading the news like they used to. Now the coffee shops are filled with customers and their personal laptops.

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