The future of journalism!
Is Journalism really dying?
“The faltering economics of the news gathering industry has left journalism in a climate of fear” (Carey et al 2012).
But should it be fear or opportunity that shines through in the changing world of modern journalism?
Journalism and journalists have long been the gatekeepers of information; deciding what the public hear and don’t hear. But now we have the opportunity, in a changing media landscape, to transform the position of journalists. Instead of the gatekeepers of information journalists now have the ability to lead a conversation and facilitate discussions instead of lecturing the public.
The up rise of less-traditional-social-media such as twitter and blogging have given rise to a much easier and far more widespread form of public participation and citizen journalism. Couple this with most major newspapers incorporating at least an online element and journalism is now a two way street. As Domingo Et al quote through Bruns, 2005 and Jenkins, 2006: “The borderline that separates professional journalists and their audience seems to be blurring”.
But does this mean, as Carey et al. stated, that we should be afraid? Or as Tom Fielder said: that this could be the “best ever time to be a journalist”
When used correctly these technological advances have the potential to do so much great work and inspire tremendous acts of citizen journalism. The best examples of this are the Egyptian and Syrian revolutions which used new media such as facebook and youtube to create uprisings of citizens and topple governments.
However there is a negative side as well such as the citizens of Boston using twitter to conduct a witch hunt for the wrong person in the aftermath of a bomb going off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Tell me where you think the future of journalism will take us?