What Journalism Mean To You

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When we talked about journalism, the first key word that always across to my mind was “newspaper”. But this key word had no longer linked together anymore. Because of the technology world that we lived today, I may wonder how long does the print newspaper will be survive? As we all knew that, Journalism can be known as the fastest changed industries. From the image shown above, the hard copy version of the news has replaced by the digital one. It proves that the rapid changed of technologies has rise in the new media today. It is impossible for us to imagine or have an idea on what journalism will be look like in the future. Even, I myself have no clue on it.

In fact, it is the true that the readers from newspapers today are getting lesser. In the 21st century –the “internet world” is provide us a new platform such as online news, social media, blogging and others website sources which help us to get the news instantly at anytime we want it. Besides that, the gadgets that we have today are also one of the factors that can highly affect on how we read the news as well. Based on the American Press Institute stated 78 % of Smartphone owners using their device to get the news. Therefore, it shows that the rapid growth in the technology is changing the audience behavior on how they get the news from multiple platforms. No doubt, now’s a day many of us choose to read the news from the internet by just few clicks and scroll through the page without buying the newspaper.  Audience today is more enjoying keeping up with the news from the internet rather than the print newspaper.

Besides that, the emergence of the technologies may also give some of the negative impact as well. This is when the journalist has to face the “crisis” and the problems. Technology today has provides a powerful communication to the audience. As the author David Domingo (2008) has describes that the main task of journalist is the one who decide what the public needs to know as well as when and how such information should be provided. But because of we have today, anyone of us can be a “journalist” including me and you. We are allowed to share our “news” such as pictures, videos, comments, ideas, opinion and more to the people across the world without any barrier. It happens because the more we getting the news from online or social media, the more peoples are getting involved and the more voices are being heard. This is why audience are not just consume the news, however they are the one who can be produce, develop and share the news as well –“prosumer”.  As we can see from the social media today, we tend to read others people stories or news by just browse through the news feed.  Therefore, because of there’s too many “news” that we have been seen and read thru on the internet. Somehow, it might blur outs the relationship between the journalist and the news audience.  (Quandt, 2011) At the same time, it also giving us a challenge on defines what the important “news” to us is.

Back in those days, I can clearly differentiate what consider news to me. It is because I just believe on the primary sources that managed to get from the newspaper. However, there is so different today. The unlimited news that I can get from online is causing me a problem. Somehow it makes me take a step back and differentiate what is the right and wrong information and news that provide in the media.

From my stand point, although there might have some of the news in the newspaper can be not true, who knows? But as an audience, we must have to based on what we believe by differentiate the right and wrong. For me, I choose to believe the professional journalist who written the appropriate news rather than those who are don’t. It is because they have intelligence on research which provides more credibility and details to the audience but not simply writing it based on their own thoughts.

So how the future of journalism mean to you?

References:

American Press Institute, accessed 10/4/2014, http://www.apnorc.org/projects/Pages/the-personal-news-cycle.aspx.

Domingo, D, Quandt, T, Heinonen, A, Paulussen, S, Jane, B, Vujnovic, M 2008, ‘An international comparative study of initiatives in online newspaper’, Journalism Practice, vol.2, no.3, pp327-340, accessed 10/04/2014.

Quandt, 2011, ‘Understanding a New Phenomenon : the significance of participatory journalism’, vol.1, pp154-176, accessed 10/04/2014.

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