[ Journalism Now & Later]
As online journalism booms today and technology has improved the way we receive information. Print newspapers today are transitioning onto online journalism calling it digital journalism. Digital journalism is a combination of text, audio, video, and other interactive forms placed on platforms for a wide audience. Print publishing companies have lowered the distribution costs and improved technology has lead to diverse computer networking. The flow of information that used to be controlled by traditional media has now been democratized. Though, Newspaper publishing companies have endured struggles to find subscribers for their print media. Online subscriptions to their work has now become the way of income for a lot of these places. The big publishers like, The Washington Post, NY Times and Wall Street Journal have quickly moved into digital subscriptions allowing readers to obtain information faster and at a cheaper cost.
As the world continues to become a faster-paced environment most people today would say they get their news from social media sites making them the number one source for news. On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the showed aired about journalism. Oliver, comments that most online users and broadcasting companies quote their print media sources after posting online articles. Everyone gathers information shared on Facebook, Google, and Twitter, that has already been printed on a newspaper.
In order to produce an online article that users will read journalists have to speak to the heart of people online and not to the robots.
Local print companies have encountered some good and bad things that have come with the transitioning to digital journalism. There has been a loss in employment as reporters are searching bigger areas for digital experiences. But there has also been an increase in dialogue about news in certain areas. Companies have had more feedback and public interest in their stories. Some are aware that it will continue being a challenge as digital journalism has made it easy to spread inaccuracies. By engaging in digital journalism reporters believe the companies will encounter growth.
Online is where the public now expects journalists to do their jobs and do them well. Speed is often the reason there are inaccuracies. But being online allows journalists to actively engage in conversations themselves, fix inaccuracies, and address the challenges in certain articles. In digital journalism the media are no longer the gate keepers. Everyone today has access to anything they want. If you have any chance to take a look at the picture below it’s from a college newspaper mail room. College students have never been the kind to read print media anyway. It is a little upsetting seeing all this print going to waste (well at least it’s in the recycling).
Bailey Kaufman, the editor of the Tabor College newspaper, the “Tabor View” (that is in the recycling in the photo on the left) she sat with me for a time of interview and she expressed that it’s a great thing to be able to put her writing online. She doesn’t think that digital journalism is bad, but we can’t forget to teach our kids about proper writing. It’s been fun for her to learn about how to show versus tell her stories as she incorporates videos and sound into her journalistic style of writing.
Tom Rosenstiel, Author at the American Press Institute believes that digital journalism has lead to knowledge. Even back in the days when newspapers were popular most people wouldn’t read them anyway. The news today has been presented to everyone efficiently and people read more news. We are in the “show me” era of news and journalists need to be transparent and provide evidence for their news. Digital journalism allows them to do that in a better way.
“People thought that when radio was invented that the newspaper would disappear. People thought art would disappear when the camera was invented. These mediums adapt to be better at what they do. ” — Tom Rosenstiel
Digital online hasn’t come at any easy price for everyone. Journalists and print companies have had to face some challenges including doing more with less. Nobody is just sitting around and reading print news anymore. It is also very exciting to be able to have my news right in front of me with my mobile phone. But no matter what happens I will always keep my newspapers close to my side.