These days when we think of journalism, we consider what we are reading and where we are going to find read the information; this is ever changing. Older forms of traditional media platforms are losing their engaging and attention seeking edge as being the one to go to first. This is especially seen in younger generations. We are living in an internet revolution, social media is taking over the way we view journalistic stories.
I know that when I want to know something about what is happening in the world, it is just a click and search and I can view everything that is taking place and the breaking news headlines. This allows people to refine and focus on current news and stories that are of interest to that person.
Online journalism allows researchers to engage in a conversation with citizens and enables them to show how they interpreted the information and the thoughts they gathered; this could then provide more room for improvement and more information being shared and created to a broader audience.
You could even say that we (people of society) are a valuable resource for journalist. People are always connected and media savvy. Pavlik (2013) dissects the way in which we utilize our mobile devices and our participation in news dialog via social media during times of crisis.
Most current media stories can be created online through us, being at the place and time of a certain situation and taking a photo which is then uploaded to a social media site and commented on and written about.
But then the accuracy and creditability can come into question, whether stories we read on social media are fact or fiction. Social media can yes allow freedom of speech and involve citizen journalism but nothing can compare to the validity that traditional media offers. Pavlik identifies that ‘innovation is the key to the viability of news media in the digital age,’ but this innovation must be guided by universal journalistic principles; thorough research, ethics, accuracy and freedom of expression (Pavlik, 2013 p. 188).
Traditional media could acquire some of the characteristics that social media journalism had in order to increase the attractiveness and conversational aspect that younger generations have interested in as well as offering accurate and verified information that social media lacks.
Pavlik, J 2013, ‘Innovation and the Future of Journalism’, Digital Journalism, vol.1(2), pp.181-193