Nicholas Stahl

Digital -Vs- Everbody: How the Media fared in 2017

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Look around.

Wherever you might be reading this blog with the poorly punned title, there is someone on their phone in your field of vision. There is someone browsing the Internet for information on what “complicit” means.

There is someone seeing how many likes they are getting on their latest super cute Instagram photo to reassure themselves that they are not alone in this world.

There is someone lurking TMZ tirelessly to find out Kim Kardashian-West’s newest baby name.

People are addicted to their phones and the digital space. It would be hypocritical for me to say that I am not; I am utterly addicted to my phone. In a somewhat sad revelation, I cannot remember the last day I went without it. I update social media; I do a majority of my homework online;and I consume all of my information in everyday life via the Internet.

So it came as no surprise to me that in the “Digital News Fact Sheet” section of State of the News Media that the digital news on all fronts experienced some growth in the past year. The article states, “digital entities (beyond just news) continues to grow.”

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The graph above clearly shows that digital advertising is growing rapidly with no signs of slowing down. This is due to the fact that more than ever people are turning to the internet. According to a CNN article written by Jacqueline Howard, the average American devotes more than 10 hours a day to screen time, and it is growing.

I have taken a couple of marketing classes here at Michigan State and one idea that is always emphasized repeatedly is “go where the market is.” Obviously, the news companies have noticed this large influx of people flocking to the internet for the news. To put simply, this is a massive opportunity for advertisers and companies to reach out to this many people.

For many news organizations, adjustments have been made to account for losses in areas that used to be more profitable. For example, the graph below shows the gradual downfall of circulation for U.S. daily newspapers. Screen Shot 2018-01-17 at 10.59.53 PM

As stated previously, adjustments have been made. The graph below shows the rise of revenue in newspapers coming from digital advertising.

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Although newspaper companies’ have dipped in circulation, they are trying to make up for in digital. It has not made up entirely for its losses, but it is continually growing.

Another example of digital news dominating is in local television news. According to the graph below, the combined viewership for local television has been slowly declining in the past 9 years. Last year, according to the Pew Research Center, “late night newscasts has declined 31%, while morning audience declined 12% and early evening audience fell 19%.”

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The viewers must be going somewhere. That is why, “total digital advertising revenue for local TV stations increased 10% in 2016 (reaching a total of about $1 billion).” Again, this has not made up for its shortcomings in their regular viewership, but it is one step closer to recouping the audience they once had.

Companies and advertisers have had to be very fluid these past few years. With a constantly changing market, adjustments continually have to be made. Taking the problems, such as a loss of revenue in one department, and turning them into solutions on the digital space, seems to be the next move for the state of media.

I have always found the digital space interesting and I plan to one-day work in and contribute to it. So although it may seem that the digital space is against everyone now, it may just be the key to success.

3 thoughts on “Digital -Vs- Everbody: How the Media fared in 2017

  1. Nice post!
    I like how you really added your voice in here, along with information obviously. You are right, the digital space is the key to success–now-a-days. It is 2018! We are on the verge of drone delivery from Amazon, self-driving cars, humans with wings! Ok, that last one was a joke, but you get my point. Change is coming . . . we have to adapt to survive as journalists. Find new ways to get news to our audience rather than repeating history. We need to be innovators and digital is easily the way to go. Then again, maybe we need to think even further, and really look past the internet and to different, even more efficient concepts.


  2. Loved your post!
    You did an excellent job of stating your opinion and balancing that opinion with facts. The section I found most interesting was the section about TV viewing declining. It made me analyze how much I’ve actually watched TV within the past year… Not a lot. I think it would be interesting to analyze companies like Netflix and Hulu and how that plays into “digital space.”


  3. Nick,

    I love the energy in your post. You really let your voice shine here. For a topic like digital media, what seemed like a very basic topic was able to be a bit humorous and more relatable to the reader. I found myself easily applying your words to myself which made it all the more enjoyable to read and I loved the part about being so buried in our phones these days. Combined with the simple, yet effective graphic in the opener, you gave this topic a light hearted touch and I really enjoyed the read.


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