Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Future of Journalism

When discussing the future of Journalism it is inevitable for the term alternative media to come up. Alternative media has definitely helped in changing the whole facade of journalism. Nowadays, anybody can play a part in journalism and this is thanks to the many platforms available on the internet for people to express their views. The introduction of blogs and social networking sites allows people from all walks of life and people from around the world to share their opinions with each other.

The thing about journalism today is people have so many more choices now as compared to before when there was only television, radio and newspapers to rely on. Now, with a simple search onon the internet, you can get much more information than ever. Alternative media has provided the public with a more open and vibrant platform to receive and share information and it has definitely provided mainstream media with tougher competition.

According to the dictionary, journalism is the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business. If that is so, does that not simply mean that in this day of age anybody can become a journalist thanks to alternative media? Especially with the introduction of blogs and Twitter where people can provide up to date reports and write their own news stories to share with people around the world. However, the question of reliability will always be a factor that needs to be overcome.

We do not know for sure if mainstream media journalism is totally dead. Afterall, there is the digital divide that prevents some people from getting their information online through alternative media. Hence, while alternative media has definitely influenced how journalism has evolved, i guess it is still safe to say that mainstream media will still continue to play an important role in journalism.

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