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3) The future of news hinges on the interplay of the Press and online aggregators, and survival of the offline Press Critically analyse the statement in the backdrop of coming of newer business models of news aggregation.(250 words)

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.

3) The future of news hinges on the interplay of the Press and online aggregators, and survival of the offline Press Critically analyse the statement in the backdrop of coming of newer business models of news aggregation.(250 words)

Hindustantimes

Why this question:

The article explains that the business model of news aggregation has meant the slow death of newspapers. Entailed within it is the decline of hard-nosed journalism and fearless content generation that has been the credo of the newspaper industry.

Key demand of the question:

The question demands detailed analysis on urgent need to protect newspapers from the business model of news aggregation that are against the norms of Democracy. 

Directive:

Critically examineWhen asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Start with importance of newspapers (media) in a democracy.

Body:

Discuss the evolution of ‘News’ and its newer methods that have evolved over time.

Explain that while newspapers continue to play an important role in society, online aggregators are rapidly changing the way people consume news. Access to news is now quick, efficient, and often, personalised. Above all, it is widely considered free.

Explain what are the possible threats that press is currently facing and in what way they can be overcome.

Conclusion:

Conclude by suggesting solutions to the problem and discuss the way forward.