With the news shifting from print to digital, news can be viewed from any tool that can access the cloud; the accessibility and availability of the cloud opens new doors for the spread of news. As of right now, the accessibility of the Internet is prevalent, but limited; in the future, the cloud could very well be available to a much larger demographic on a much larger variety of tools. Take, for example Google, which is developing the Google Glasses with a display on the lenses. With the innovation and creativity of this generation, five, ten and twenty years from now, the tools for online accessibility will be unimaginable.

But one thing remains clear. The cloud is an asset, not a replacement. The cloud’s sole purpose in news is improving its accessibility. News companies would still be in business and would still conduct and subsidize their own large investigative reporting projects and write their own articles before being placed on the cloud for the public.

It is extremely important for the public to be informed and up-to-date on local, national, and international affairs, and with news spreading on the Internet, news easily travels to each and every individual. The prevalence of news on a medium as accessible as the cloud has facilitated the process of informing the public, thus creating a more informed public and drawing us back to our Jeffersonian roots of an improved democracy.

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Stephenie Zhang is an 11th grader at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, CA.