Digital first

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Digital first is a communication theory that publishers should release content into new media channels in preference to old media. The premise behind the theory is that after the advent of Internet, most established media organizations continued to give priority to traditional media.<ref name="nten 2016">Template:Cite web</ref> Over time, those organizations faced a choice to either publish first in digital media or traditional media.<ref name="nten 2016"/> A "digital first" decision occurs when a publisher chooses to distribute information online in preference to or at the expense of traditional media like print publishing.<ref name="nten 2016"/>

Many employers and employees find it challenging to imagine using digital first practices.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Distributing content digital first introduces new practices, including a need to manage the data which tracks readership.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Many paper print publishers feel intimidated by the idea of publishing content online before publishing it in paper media.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

Comedian John Oliver in the show Last Week Tonight criticized digital first practices as a cause of lower standards in journalism.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref>

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