Context Review

Journalism has been around since humans were created. It has adapted as humans have developed to the stage it is at today. The way in which we communicate events and news has taken a dramatic change in the last 10 years with the explosion of the internet. The method of distributing and displaying news dramatically changed after the creation and growth of the internet. But there will always be a need for journalism. There are fine lines that define a journalist. This is because of the internet and consequently the ease of broadcasting to a great number of people. Anyone can post news and so multiple people technically can qualify for the title. The text as a whole exemplifies these ideas.

This theme is created through each chapter. The fight to be the larger news organisation is now online. Sites need high visitor numbers to attract advertisers and generate an income. Websites use html coding and CSS to attract users with design, ease of navigation and quality of information. Sources previously could not be accessed easily by the reader. Coding allows the use of hyperlink and video. Reliability for stories can now be assessed with the click of a mouse.  

One of the main factors that are leading online journalism is the number of users. Everything the text speaks about is successful because the web connects the whole world. The web is available to anybody with a connection source. Information can be created and posted to the world by anybody. This creates a massive bank of information.

There are different ways this massive amount of information can be used, displayed and distributed. Techniques like crowd-sourcing, pro-am journalism and open source reporting are ways of harvesting and displaying it while also getting input back from your audience. Journalists can gain feedback from readers or spectators of news worthy events to help write stories. Opinions about events can be offered in a large scale through crowd-sourcing. Gaining insight from the public, like many instruments for journalism, has always been around it has just progressed to a much faster, bigger level. Before Journalists had to hunt for this input, now it is available in an instant.

Different types of sites display different types of journalistic information. In class we considered twitter, a source for news that allows posts no longer than 140 characters. Breaking news headlines can be posted on twitter within seconds of the event happening. The use of hyper links allows a more detailed to be accessed. And the use of “re-tweeting” and “following” allow a domino effect release of the story.  This is just one example of how news can be distributed with new online methods.

The internet is essentially a giant information hub. News organizations sift through the information to find what we as readers consider important, write and distribute. Different types of sites allow for different types of distribution, but all are interlinked. A news provider, for example the New York Times, will use multiple websites to get their news out. They have a twitter page, online website and email for public contribution. They use methods like crowd-sourcing because it is easy and the direction journalism is taking.  Journalism fundamentals are still in place but how we get there and how readers find news is changing. If news organisations can navigate these advancing online resources news can be given in the fastest way possible. Quality writing and research still make journalism but speed, contribution and resources are magnified by these new media outlets.


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