The Importance of Broadcasting in American History

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Broadcasting has played an important role in American history, helping to shape out entertainment experiences and knowledge of the world around us. From the radio to the Internet, it has been a vital part of shaping our society.

Broadcasting first played a truly important role during the era of World War II. People could now listen in their homes to news of battles along the front, hear politicians give speeches live and to listen to a variety of shows. It was a critical part of helping to keep the country’s morale high during hard times and keeping them informed. Radio at this time also began to broadcast play-by-play announcing of popular sporting events, such as baseball and football. Music was also a popular thing to listen to.

When television came onto the scene, broadcasting took on a whole new appearance. Now Americans are to black and white, then color broadcasts of news, sports and popular shows. Children’s programming became a new genre for the major broadcasting companies to take advantage of with shows such as Howdy Doody and The Lone Ranger.

Vietnam was one of the first conflicts to be broadcasted in detail on the news in color, bringing the horrors of war into American homes. In the present day broadcasting has fully embraced the world and technology of the Internet, with blogs, websites and more for people to explore. Broadcasting will continue to make its mark on American history as events and technology continue to change.

Examples of Internet Media

Examples of Internet Media

The Internet is usually thought of as a way to connect people and help them better their communication. However, the Internet is quickly turning into a viable form of broadcast media. There are dozens of different outlets that news stations all over the world use in an effort to broadcast the news from coast-to-coast. Here’s a look at some of the components that make up the Internet media world.

Blogs. Blogging is a prime example of how the Internet has shaped the broadcast media world. Many reputable TV and radio hosts have their own blogs where they share news, information and their opinions on current events. In fact, many people regularly go to blogs as a source of information instead of heading to the regular media outlets.

Video Broadcast. The Internet allows various news stations to put up their broadcast of the news on their website. People are able to download and view segments of the local news. This allows people to have a more customized experience with the local news stations as they are able to pick and choose the stories that they view and watch. In fact, in a recent survey many people stated that they use the Internet as their prime source for the local news.

Podcasts. Podcasts have become extremely popular as a way to present information to Internet users. Podcasts are almost like radio broadcasts but only in Internet form. These podcasts have become extremely popular as a lot people to download information and receive the news that they want to hear.

Internet Radio Stations. Internet radio stations have popped up all over the world. These Internet radio stations are Internet versions to what local radio stations are to the radio. They allow people to broadcast their opinions, news and current events to the Internet public.

Types of Broadcast Media


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Types of Broadcast Media

The term broadcast media is really a broad range term that is used to describe a number of media outlets. The broad definition of broadcast media in any media that is able to be broadcasted over airwaves, sound waves or through the Internet. It generally has to do with moving objects or sound clips. Here’s a look at the various types of broadcast media that are available to consumers all over the world.

Radio. Radio is the oldest and most basic form of broadcast media. It has been in existence for over 100 years and has allowed people to broadcast the news from coast-to-coast and internationally. Today, radio has diminished in the amount of users but is still a very vital form of broadcast media.

TV. TV is the most common form of broadcast media. TV allows users to get the news in a quicker format as well as the visually the new stories and localized events that are being portrayed through this media outlet. TV news and journalism has quickly started to take over for radio.

Internet Journalism. The Internet has quickly started to evolve as a form of broadcast media. TV and radio stations have started to adapt to the Internet and are starting to use it as a way to get to a wide range of viewers. It is believed that the Internet has actually replaced print newspapers and magazines. The Internet combines the best of radio and TV in broadcast journalism and allows people to get a customized view of the world news, national news and local news. Many experts debate whether Internet journalism and media should actually be considered a former broadcast journalism or if it should be considered a separate form of journalism.

History of Broadcast News and Media Outlets

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History of Broadcast News and Media Outlets

One of the most interesting aspects of broadcast media is the diverse history that it has. No other form of communications and media outlet has as diverse background as broadcast news. Here’s a brief overview of the history of broadcast news.

Broadcast news and journalism started out in the earliest forms with the radio. Radio was a great way to get people the world news as it was happening. While many people assume that radio was originally designed for the local media outlet the first original broadcast news was focused on the radio covered world events or nationwide stories. Very rarely did the radio cover any type of local event. It wasn’t for a number of years to localized radio stations start to pop up all over the nation which allowed radio stations to broadcast local events and stories.

While the radio lasted for a number of decades it was quickly replaced with that of national TV news. Once the invention of television came out many people were to be able to view nationwide TV news broadcasts. Just like with the radio and the television started out with national news and stories and then move to a brief East Coast or West Coast news channel and eventually transform the local TV news that people are used to today.

Broadcast journalism and news media outlets have really expanded over the years. Today, people have dozens of ways to receive their news through broadcast media outlets. People are not only restricted to hearing about the national news but they have an option to get is internationally, nationally and local. People also have the option of choosing which form a broadcast media outlet they use. Broadcast media outlets are still available through radio, television and now to the invention of the latest form of broadcast media the Internet.

The Debate of Print Media Vs Broadcast Media

The Debate of Print Media Vs Broadcast Media

There is a long-standing debate in the media and communications world. Many people wonder whether the print media is better than broadcast media or if broadcast media is better than print media. Here’s a look at some of the information that will allow you to shed light on whether one is better than the other.

Range of Audience. Over the past couple of years the audience for print media has diminished in favor of broadcast media. In a recent survey over 70% of the adults were surveyed admitted to getting their news from the television or the Internet instead of a newspaper.

The Mission Of the Media Form. It is the goal and mission of broadcast news to provide quick updates and results regarding stories that were previously published. It is the goal of print news stories to explain in detail the stories and also explain the updates that might happened.

Accuracy of Facts. When it comes to broadcast media the facts are sometimes not researched as well as a newspaper reporter story might be. This is because the broadcast media’s main goal is to get the story to the audience directly and not spend as much time researching and backing up the facts. Newspapers reporters will spend hours researching the story and making sure that the fax presented are 100% accurate and that all the information provided in a story is true.

Focus of the Media. Broadcast media will often spend time focusing on national events as well as news plus stories. Newspapers will tend to focus more upon the local events and other worldwide events that might be of significance.

Is hard to assess which form the media is better. Each form of media has its own benefits and drawbacks. To decide which form of media is better you must decide what your needs are and what the story you want to trade a public.