-Describe how newsrooms can and should use the potential inherent in the net (as a medium). You may link to good examples that illustrate your points:
Journalism has changed completely since the emergence of the internet. In the assignment of this week we have two articles that show the two parts of the current journalism. In The Atlantic article is written from the point of view of traditional journalism and speaks about that the article most seen in the New York Times last year was not a story or a news, was an article about English dialects.
“‘How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk’ is a double-curiosity, both a weird sharable that scratches the Internet’s favorite itch, and a weird outlier for a traditional publication like the New York Times.”
This article expresses the shock that this means: the most-read news of the year in a traditional media is a story that belongs to the new journalism. The other article is written from the perspective of the new journalism, the journalism of the network or ‘citizen journalism’. On this page, its author Paul Bradshaw explains that “blogging provides an extra space to invite people into your journalism and provide opportunities for them to contribute additional information, suggested avenues of inquiry, etc.””It helps build the relationship between journalist and source in a way that standard formats don’t always provide.” Bradshaw is part of the new journalism and argues that it has many more options than the old one.
The clearest example of the many options that has citizen journalism have is ‘iReporting’. On this page (created by CNN) anonymous users (anyone from anywhere in the world) can send news and help journalists to have many more stories with more sources. The problem is that this page it’s voluntary, I mean, users have to provide information for free. From my point of view the best of ‘iReporting’ is that information is contrasted by an expert journalist, which makes the work of ‘goalkeeper’.
The new journalism has also brought us new jobs for journalists, such as the “programmer-journalists”, who are responsible for managing the network. “These innovative contents, consisting of online presentations, interactive maps or visualizations, rely on a wide range of computer techniques used to collect, process, analyze and visualize data sets.” (Parasie/Dagiral, Data-driven journalism)
To sum up, the net has brought to traditional journalism new ways of exercise and many new ways of expressing, such as blogs. From my point of view ‘citizen journalism’ is no substitute for real journalism (with much background and studies) and the example of ‘iReporting’ seems to me the best way to adapt the net to traditional journalism.
- The Atlantic,. (2014). The Rise of Curiosity Journalism. Retrieved 23 February 2015, from http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/the-rise-of-curiosity-journalism/283184/
- Bradshaw, P. (2014). FAQ: What does blogging add to journalism?. Online Journalism Blog. Retrieved 23 February 2015, from http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2014/02/01/faq-what-does-blogging-add-to-journalism/