Is Print Media On The Decline?

Is Print Media On The Decline?

Few will say that journalism as a whole is on the decline, but it has to be said that few think very highly of written news any more.

There are many people who, for one reason or another, discredit the future of journalism. More specifically, they question the future of print journalism. They say that the days of reading the morning newspaper are long gone, never to return. And to that last point, they are completely right. Newspapers are, for all intents and purposes, no more. They lost most of their relevance with the advent of personal computers and the rise of social media delivered the final blow. There is no sense debating facts. However, the death of the newspaper is no more the death of print journalism as a whole than a tree losing its leaves in winter is the death of the tree.

It is true, as was stated, that no one reads the newspaper anymore. Many local newspaper companies that exist at all have had to sell out to major news distributors just to be able to keep the lights on. Newspaper sales overall have been going down steadily for years and it is likely that even the companies that still turn out physical newspapers will likely have to cut back on production or shut it down soon as well. But that’s just it, they will have to shut down the physical newspapers.

There will no longer be large rooms with paper presses churning out newspapers, but there are still written articles to be had. For years, every article that is published in a newspaper has its online counterpart on the respective news outlet’s website. This is just one example of what many people consider to be the collapse of a form of news actually just being its change to suit the times.

This may all be well and good, others may say, but it's not worth much is no one wants to pay for their news. This, again, is true to an extent. Major news outlets do charge a fee to view some of their articles. But many other sites with large amounts of paid staff do not and even the aforementioned news sites do publish some articles for free to incentivize people to pay a little bit to read more.

The corresponding problem that is often brought up is that being paid by views on an article has a tendency to not make enough money for one to support oneself, and this is certainly true of things such as bloggers, but formal news outlets conduct themselves differently. Often times journalists are still paid a stipend for the stories they produce in addition to being paid for clicks on the article after the fact. It is also worth noting that formal news sites see a good deal more traffic than many other places in which people are paid by clicks or views such as the aforementioned blogger sites and also does not require name recognition in the same way.

People, in general, are no longer fully aware of where their print news is coming from and this fosters the understanding that print news as a medium is dying out. In fact, the means of distributing print news has just become far less direct and slightly less profitable because of it.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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You NEED To See Studio Theatre's Good 'n' Plenty!

Come see Studio Theatre's first show in Boll!


Studio Theatre will put on the hilarious and poignant show "Good 'n' Plenty" March 29 and 30 in KU's Boll Theatre! If you attend the University of Dayton or live in the area, you need to see this show- especially since tickets are free and can be reserved here!

Studio Theatre is a student-run organization at UD. The students perform, run tech, direct and sometimes even write their own content. These talented students have taken on a full-length show called "Good 'n' Plenty." This show details the misadventures of a high school social sciences teacher in the 70s, who wants to teach his students about the criminal justice system via an interesting simulation involving Good 'n' Plenties. These little candies represent pills. The students are assigned as pushers, attorneys, narks, and more. It seems like a good idea until...

You'll have to come to the show to see the rest! It'll have you laughing, while also providing clever insights about our society. The 70s themed soundtrack and costumes are a major bonus! Still not convinced? Let's let the students change your mind. Here are their perspectives and highlights of the show!

Rachel, the show's director, has put immense time and effort into making this show successful. She says, "One of the great things about Good 'N' Plenty is that it has given Studio Theatre a chance to do something a little bigger than we typically do. The cast has all shown such a commitment to learning and developing their characters. Every rehearsal I'm excited to see what each actor is adding to their role. As a director, I'm seeing just how big of a change we made from the first rehearsal to where we are now, getting ready to perform! I can't wait to have an audience that gets to see how hard we have been working on this show, there is so much humor and heart that comes alive on stage. I am so proud of everyone that has been a part of 'Good 'N' Plenty,' they bring this production to life."

Maciej thinks you should check out the show because "'Good 'n' Plenty' is a tremendous show filled with hilarious characters whose lines will make you laugh out loud!"

Ben thinks that you should spend your Saturday night at the show for the "constant weird and wacky antics!" When Ben, a singular actor, plays a set of twins who constantly bicker and love to "arrest" their classmates in the simulation, things get pretty wacky!

Max, who plays a special ed teacher turned principal, wants you to come to see "Good 'n' Plenty" because: "'Good 'n' Plenty' is a hilarious look into everything we hate about politics and high school all rolled into one."

Sarah, the costume designer, wants you to come for all of the sweet 70's costumes! It's a great throwback.

Cameron says: "The show is full of amazingly interesting and absolutely insane characters that will have the audience laughing the entire time, with a plot to keep them on the edge of their seats the entire time!" He plays a strange character named Albert who has a penchant for playing with paper. His over-the-top, hilarious portrayal of the character has sparked other actors to reference him specifically when asked about the show...

Jason, who plays the class valedictorian with a 3.99 GPA, implores you: "Help Albert Kundrat has spawned some sort of paper snake and has kidnapped me. Pay my ransom by attending the show." While Sam, the quirky English teacher, says: "'Good 'n' Plenty' is hilarious, and Albert Kundrat is a national treasure!"

Maddie, who plays a strange kid that has a serious glow-up, sums the whole thing up pretty well. She thinks you should check out G&P; because: "Free admission, democracy, and "drugs"...what more could anyone ask for?"

Bonus item! While I cannot verify the veracity of this statement, Erick (a member of production team) swears: "Nancy the cashier from Marycrest will be there!"

If you want to figure out why everyone is so entranced with Albert Kundrat, if you want to learn about our society while cracking up, if you attend UD and want to support your insanely talented friends... COME SEE GOOD 'N' PLENTY!

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