Journalists VS The Web

Journalists VS The Web

Can journalists keep up in the age of digital media?


Virtually anyone can provide updated basic and controversial news stories. Media platforms such as blogs or social media sites (Facebook, Instagram) are a growing forum, which is used as a way to examine or reflect upon controversial stories; aggregation and curation of information adds to the threat of employment in traditional roles of journalism. Hashtags and tags make news reachable globally. Media platforms not only have no control of what is presented to society, but it also may cause danger for countries that are in the lime light, for issues such as war. Moral panic is a result of web journalism (blogs, Facebook), as information may be exaggerated or false. Furthermore making it difficult for audiences to distinguish between credible news websites and other non-official news websites.

Digital media is a conceptual and a sociological change. Newspapers were certain and complete where as digital news is a living, evolving, limitless and relentless conversation and collaboration. Journalists fear the hierarchy within society is now diminished because some readers will almost certainly know more about a particular subject than the journalist. Journalists had no solution to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Mexico, therefore ‘google doc’ was available for the ‘audience’ to give ideas, which resulted in top suggestions from marine specialist, divers and biochemists etc. A leveled world is more evident now, than ever.

Journalist’s relying on the public – previously known as ‘the audience’ to find a solution.

Listening and working with your audience is essential because they have plenty of media platforms to obtain the correct information. Katharine Viner fears that blogs put journalists jobs in jeopardy.  Often people refer to blogs rather than local newspapers. This allows society to demand news as it happens. ‘Immediacy’ may cause ethical issues. De Wolk claims “The desire to publish new information and the ease that it can be altered, may cause information to be made accessible before it is verified.”

Web journalism causes implications for the quality of news stories and the place for journalism. We almost can’t distinguish who is a journalist and who is not.


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