The journalism industry is in-flux

By Charline Charles

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In the scope of the last twenty years, the face of journalism changed exponentially. The industry no longer strives to tell significant news that can help the general public, but instead looks for the most interesting story. Depending on what the audience wants journalism bends to their needs. Therefore journalism has always been in-flux. However, the introduction of social media has changed the industry rapidly.

The problem that changed journalism in modern times is the monetization of half-truths and reliability. For example, the mass media company Buzzfeed has successfully monetized reliability; from its accurate quizzes, list posts, video content and specific wording of their post titles. Although Buzzfeed wasn’t the first to do it, catchy clickbait posts have risen in the journalism field in the past five years.

But clickbait isn’t new to journalism concepts like sensationalism, and yellow journalism has been around since it’s conception. Yet, while this used to be in small doses it has expanded to all major journalism outlets and these catchy titles are usually inaccurate information. This along with news outlets need to gain a stronger social media presence “‘results in editorial practices that don’t prioritize nuance, accuracy, or originality. Instead, whatever plays on social is king ”(Blanda).