How about we start a Dialog?

Is print media really dying? Is social media the new trend or is it just over-hyped? Is it a temporary punch or is it hinting towards a permanent structural change?

Preeteesh Peetabh Singh

Preeteesh Peetabh Singh, News Editor

The idea that print media is in dire straits seemed to be supported when Sun Media, one of Canada’s largest newspaper publishers, shut down 11 publications in July.

Some important questions resurfaced such as: Is print media really dying? Is social media the new trend or is it just over-hyped? Is it a temporary punch or is it hinting towards a permanent structural change?

Today, readers have an unlimited access to free content on the internet. No doubt the competition has shot up with the upsurge of digital media. But that does not mean people shy away from newspapers. We still see a swarm of people rushing to take the subway every morning with coffee in one hand and their copy of a newspaper in the other.

People are not willing to compromise with quality. As long as journalists have important stories to tell and provide context to keep readers involved, print media will stay.

The same goes for campus journalism.

When we said ‘Finally Done!’ in the last edition of our campus newspaper The Dialog in April, all we meant was we would come back. So, here we are with our first edition this new academic year!

Contrary to popular belief that social media is the future of journalism, one might argue it’s just a lot of clutter on the Internet without real substance. We aim to strike a balance between print and digital media in order to get the best out of both platforms.

After all, airplanes did not kill trains and trains did not kill cars, they co-exist.

The Dialog will boast a new look with integration of infographics, a revamped website with more multimedia, an aggressive approach towards social media, and an energetic group of student journalists who won’t be afraid to dig in deep to unearth some real issues and stories impacting George Brown College and its students.

We want to reach out to all new and returning students coming from varied countries, cultures and backgrounds. Ask us anything in our new column, ranging from questions concerning tuition fees to relationship advice. We will publish your questions with our answers.

We wish everyone a fantastic start to the year and success in academic, professional, and personal pursuits. We have provided you a platform to share your stories, voice your opinions and engage. Make a merry of it or a mockery. Whatever you do, don’t forget to start a dialogue with The Dialog.

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How about we start a Dialog?