The History and Convergence of Media

By, Ryan O’Leary

Throughout history, humans have developed a need for knowledge of what is going on around them. They discovered that the best way to spread news was through the media, which began in Germany in the late 1400’s. In the 1600’s, England started printing and publishing papers. The London Gazette was created during this time, and is now the longest continually published paper in the world.

In America, freedom of press was granted in 1791 giving all Americans the right to print and publish anything they want. At the time, it was still very hard to spread news despite the growing news industry. The news industry failed for many years, in America, because they only had stories from other countries. They didn’t have enough readers to keep the early companies alive (Ebook Chapter 12). Transporting these papers could takes days or weeks to get to other parts of the country. Any news from across the ocean could take months to arrive. With the development of cars and planes throughout the next couple centuries, the media was able to spread faster and faster. Soon after in 1895, Gugliemo Marconi invented the radio, which could be used to broadcast news to peoples homes. This led to the invention of the television in 1926, which revolutionized the way people got information. People could start watching the news from their homes starting in 1930. Possibly the greatest addition to the way people view media in the 21st century is the internet. With it came e-mail, social media, online news, videos and much more. Based on all these media platforms, a better way of viewing media has emerged.

Newspapers used to be the leading way to get news about current events, local news, global news, and job opportunities. With the creation of new media, the newspaper has begun to die out because it became much easier to find news elsewhere. Some people started watching the nightly news on TV, where others check online websites and blogs for their news. This decline led to newspaper corporations to adapt to new media standards. All news companies now have websites with all their news and information.  The creation of web2.0 caused these companies to make their news interactive online.Companies like The Baltimore Sun have added interactive, social options to their website.They have comment sections for articles, ways to contact the writer, and they make it extremely easy to share the article on other platforms. Media companies also have to be active on social media. Spreading the news through websites like, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are some of the best ways to get a story to go viral. In this modern time, people like interacting with websites, knowing they can comment on something and someone will read it. They can react to a video and can instantly show someone on the other side of the world. The Media is constantly changing,  The convergence of the internet, television, radio and the media changed the way the world sees news and companies need to stay on top of that change in order to succeed and flourish for the years to come.

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