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