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Difference between Print Media and Electronic Media

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  • Last Updated : 23 Nov, 2022
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1. Print Media: 

Print media is a form of mass media as the name suggests the news or information is shared through printed publications. Printed media is the oldest means of sharing information/news. In printed media, the news or information is published in hard copy and then it is released which is more reader-friendly. The main types of print media include newspapers, magazines, and books. In print media Live show, Live discussion, and Live reporting is not possible it is based on the interval update method. 

2. Electronic Media: 

Electronic Media is a form of mass media as the name suggests the news or information is shared through electronic medium. Electronic media is the advanced means of sharing information/news. In electronic media, the news or information is uploaded or broadcasted and then it can be viewed through electronic mediums which is more viewer-friendly. The main types of electronic media include television news, News through mobile apps, etc. In electronic media Live shows, Live discussions, Live reporting is possible as it is based on an immediate update method. 

Difference between Print Media and Electronic Media :

S.No.PRINT MEDIAELECTRONIC MEDIA
01.Print media is form of mass media which creates, delivers news and information through printed publications.Electronic Media is form of mass media which creates, delivers news and information through electronic medium.
02.Print media is the earlier form of media.Electronic media is the advanced form of media.
03.To go through print media one should be literate as it needs to read the information.To go through electronic media, literacy is not primary requirement as because one can watch or listen the information.
04.Print media needs more time to edit and update as new printed materials needs to be released.Electronic media can be quickly edited and updated.
05.Print media is not available 24*7, rather it comes in interval for instance daily printed newspaper, monthly magazine etc.Electronic media is available 24*7, for instance News apps in smart phone, News channels in TV etc.
06.Print media needs to be carried always with the person, for instance taking news paper in bag or taking magazine in bag.Electronic media can be availed anywhere at anytime just with a electronic device like smartphone or laptop.
07.The main types of printed media include printed news paper, magazine and books.The main types of electronic media include information/news through TV, smart phones, Laptops etc.
08.In print media deadline exists in relation to the collection of news. For instance today’s any incident will be published in tomorrow’s news paper.In electronic media no such deadline exists, as information/news can be updated anytime. For instance any time if any incident is happening it can be immediately updated in electronic media.
09.Live show, Live discussion, Live reporting is not possible in print media.Live show, Live discussion, Live reporting is possible in electronic media.
10.Coverage area of print media is limited and comparatively less than electronic media.Coverage area of electronic media is more.
11.Print media is more reader-friendly.Electronic media is more viewer friendly.
12.Updating is required on periodic basis.Updating is required on regular basis.
13.After publishing, print media cannot be edited.There is possibility of editing at nay time.
14.It possess slow pace because printing consumes time.It possess fast pace.
15.We can send print media to a certain extent. For example, there is coverage of specific region, city or state.We can send electronic media anywhere.
16.

Pros-

  • Cannot be changed once published
  • Content availability at single point
  • Trustworthy
  • Always focused

Pros-

  • Eco-friendly
  • Democratic
  • Easy and fast update
  • Searching is easy
  • two way communication
17.

Cons-

  • One-way communication
  • Searching is difficult
  • Unable to target a specific audience

Cons-

  • Issue of fake news because of easy content sharing
  • Health problems
  • Headline stress disorder for people who are always in search of new content
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