ONLINE JOURNALISM: Here to stay or just a vague substitution for traditional journalism?
The Internet as a news source vs. traditional news sources
Back in the days when the Internet was first presented to the public, it was the common opinion that it was just a fashion trend which was going to pass, but I think it’s safe to say that, that was one of the biggest mispredictions made. The Internet has since developed and today we use it for so much more than what it was mainly used for back in the early years of it’s launching. The Internet is one of the biggest sources of information in the 21st century. We see news sources that exclusively work online — there simply are no printed versions. We also see how at more and more universities the focus on the online part of journalism has begun to take up more space in the journalism and communication degrees.
Whether we like it or not, online journalism has a huge power and influence on society. But online journalism is a double-edged sword, and a really sharp one too. So, what is so great about this online journalism thing? And what about traditional journalism — Are old people really the only ones who still consume their news through traditional journalism?
Take a look at these tables where I present what, in my opinion, are some of the main advantages and disadvantages of both types of journalism:
Traditional Journalism — — — —Internet Journalism
So to sum up, and to give an answer to the headline: I don’t think that society can work without either of the types journalism since we in traditional journalism find the reliability which is insanely important these days, while we in Internet journalism find the immediacy that most people in 2017 seek.