12 – Journalistic language in the era of the “like”

– Drevon writes that the journalistic language has changed in the digital era: You may reflect on the journalistic form on the digital platforms (with relevant curriculum):

The journalistic language has changed a lot with Internet: nowadays is changing every time and new words became popular every week. The change is faster than ever before and the new words usually are related to the youth. In the last ten years a lot of new words had become normal in our vocabulary, words like “Facebook”, “Twitter”, “Instagram”, “selfie” or “trending topic” didn’t have any sense ten years ago and now we use it daily. Obviously, that change has an impact in the journalistic language.

As I said in other assignments before, I think that journalist now are so focused on what’s trend on the net. They try to be the first talking about the new trend and in that way they make sure that they have a lot of clicks on their page, what means a lot of incomes for the ads on it. For that reason pages like ‘Buzzfeed’ have sense now but not ten years ago. I think that with the example of ‘Buzzfeed’ we can have an idea of the change of the journalistic language in the digital era.

‘Buzzfeed’ was created in 2006 and now has 40 million visitors per month. It was the creator of the “listicle” (article + list) that nowadays is fundamental on the net. The “listicle” is the mixture between a new and a list, in other words, is a new to explain the news, make it easier to read and understand. The list are always created with lots of photos, so the new have a lot of images, videos of gifs and so little text. This is one of the most important changes of the journalistic language on the net: it become more simply, easier to understand and faster to write it.

Another important change on the net that was introduced by ‘Buzzfeed’ was that everything was sum up into new words like “omg”, “lol”, “geeky”, “fail” or “wtf”. This expressions didn’t exists so many years ago, they are totally new in our vocabulary and now they are used to sum up everything.


Header on the main page of Buzzfeed. Image edited by myself.

As we can see, it doesn’t matter that the new is about a new video on Youtube or about something relevant in politics. Everything could be sum up in “omg”, “lol” or “wtf”. The simplification of the journalism is one of the biggest changes in the digital era. Ten years ago the printed newspapers talked so seriously about politicians and about everything that was important to the country where it was printed. Now, printed newspapers in all the world talk about the last video viral on the net. And one step more away are the digital newspapers, as we saw with the example of ‘Buzzfeed’.

I believe that the biggest change in the journalistic language is the idea to get more public, so they are now more focused in the youth. And the youth is a very difficult group to control or know. Every week they have new trends and journalist try to be the first talking about it, but it is a very hard work. For now we have the simplification of the news, the creation of new concepts of journalism as the “listicle” (news wrote as list with a lot of images) and the idea that everything can be sum up into one or two words. I believe that not everything can be sum up as “like” or “not like”, I think that journalism has a very important paper on the society, but nowadays it seems that we forgot it.


Header of Buzzfeed Politics. Image edited by myself.


1. BuzzFeed,. (2015). BuzzFeed. Retrieved 13 April 2015, from http://www.buzzfeed.com/

Inés Luján.


11 – New journalism online

-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.

Ad used by Filtrala to get know. Source: Twitter.

Ad used by Filtrala to get know. Source: Twitter.

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/

Inés Luján.