-Write a blog comment of how you view online journalism today, especially their new forms/way of presenting their stories. You can use examples from news sources you use from your home country:
As I have already said in the majority of assignment that I made in this blog, I believe that journalism has changed a lot since the overcrowding of the use of the internet and that today it’s still changing. Today journalists have to know all the trends of the net to make news that can achieve a lot of readers. Having so many clicks in that page, the advert will generate more money to the journalist and that’s the way journalism is funded nowadays.
One bad aspect of this new journalism is that many times the good information is set aside to follow the trends of the net and thus gain more clicks. From my point of view, journalism online is often less serious than it was printed journalism 10 years ago. I also think that printed journalism today try to follow the trends and is less serious and more similar to tabloid. But I think that the real problem with all of this is the lack of funding: with the expansion of blogs, advertising agencies have invested money in other business, not only traditional media or newspapers. Traditional journalism has had to reinvent itself to continue.
As example of the change that journalism has made in my country we can have hundred of examples, but I chose just three. One is ‘La Otra Crónica’ (“the other story”) and is made by the second more important newspaper in Spain, ‘El Mundo’. ‘La Otra Crónica’ is just about gossip and it is online, not printed. Is based on big and popular news, trends on the net, a lot of images and so little text in the news, etc. Nobody could imagine ten years ago that the second most important newspaper in the country will have a page just for gossip, but nowadays it exist and have a lot of success in the net. That shows that the net usually prefers gossip and tabloid than traditional and serious journalism. ‘La Otra Crónica’ is also a way to get money for ‘El Mundo’, and continue making real journalism.
But not all examples of the new journalism in Spain are related to tabloid or gossip. New media has emerged to criticize the traditional media and the government. These new media are made by young people that don’t have the chance to get a job in the traditional journalism. On example is ‘La Marea’, that it just funded by their subscribers and don’t allow in its pages ads from banks or big companies, there’s only ads of small shops and family business. But for me ‘Filtrala’ is the most important example of the new journalism in Spain and the new way to do it. ‘Filtrala’ is related to international network of the Associated Press Whistleblowing and is based on users that send information to the journalist that work there for make them investigate about it.
For example, I think that in my city hall someone is keeping money for himself and I have evidences of it. With ‘Filtrala’ I have the chance to make that all the world knows about it: the only thing I have to do is send the information that I have (it can be anonymous) and the journalist and the researchers that work there will investigate it. I think it is a very powerful tool nowadays for the civil society. They have been working for just a year, but they revealed papers and secret talks about our old King and I think that all Spain have the right to know.
In conclusion, Internet has changed a lot the way to make journalism. Nowadays it could be more related to tabloid just for win a hundreds of clicks and make more money or it could be related to the real journalism and be and useful tool for the civil society. Now we have more options than ever before but also is our responsibility how we use them.
1. ELMUNDO,. (2015). LOC (La Otra Cr�nica) | EL MUNDO. Retrieved 24 March 2015, from http://www.elmundo.es/loc.html
2. Martínez, T., Maestre, A., Martínez, T., Molina, C., Maestre, A., & Moynihan, A. et al. (2015). La Marea – Revista mensual de la cooperativa MásPúblico. La Marea. Retrieved 24 March 2015, from http://www.lamarea.com/
3. Filtrala.org,. (2015). Fíltrala – La verdad es un derecho humano. Retrieved 24 March 2015, from https://filtrala.org/