The advent of digital photography has allowed the world to be forever connected by the news, and more so through the news travel. It is now possible to read news from any part of the world at any time. Newspapers used to be delivered to homes on the train, while news travelled by courier. Now the news travels by air, and is distributed to all corners of the world by radio. This means that news from all corners of the world can be read in the blink of an eye.
How Fast Did News Travel In The Past? Image from’sea pictures, drawn by hand, from the British Museum, courtesy of photographer David Lebovitz.’ Daily newspaper headlines from any city around the world were delivered to homes around the world by train. In earlier times, news travelled by ocean ship, but gradually the speed of news travelled and became faster. Today, news travel by air is the fastest.
How To Go About It? Initially, newspapers used to be published only after a lengthy process of vetting, judging, and approval by editors and printers. But with the rise of new technologies, news agencies have made available their news content online for free and without any editorial comments. They have also provided news material not only to news papers but also to websites and podcasting services. News organizations, too, are fast learning the art of webcasting news to a number of distant viewers, thereby saving costs on travelling to different locations to get news.
How Does It Work? News traveling has gone beyond mere delivery of news. Now it also involves prediction of natural disasters and accidents to keep people informed. As such, a lot of coordination and planning goes into news travel. For example, while covering floods in Pakistan, news channels coordinating with the government and other agencies, and correspondents covering flood zones all over India, coordinate with flight services, airlines and hotels to provide updates throughout the region.
What Resources Are Available? Advancements in technology make it easier for news agencies to access video footage, images, and audio files on the spot. News organizations are also able to monitor and stream live events directly to their website or app, which further enables faster news travel. With this high-tech approach, news agencies can also access real time data on flight cancellations, delays, weather forecasts and other important information, which can help in providing better service.
Can I Travel If I Am A News Reporter? Yes! Reporters from news organizations often cover news travel extensively. In fact, they often cover the same areas as news reporters from major news networks. Reporters from local news channels also regularly report on major travel stories and have gained a strong following in their communities.