Journalism and the Power of Social Media.
Posted by Grach
Social Media and Journalism
Social media is becoming more popular as the years go on, the development of products surrounds the idea of social media, and the advantages it has. But social media isn’t just about marketing and selling. Journalism is now being challenged with social media, and becoming more common through the web.
Journalism is now becoming a two-way street in relation to social media, the amount of information and facts being driven onto the Internet is now becoming more widespread. News consumption is accessed and consumed more with the public over the internet and this can be through technology such at mobile phones or tablets, but all these devices lower the barrier to the public and social media is now making it easier and more accessible from users to publish articles and stories through social networking sites, blogs and review sites.
There are two types of journalism I want to focus on, citizen journalism, and traditional journalism, both accepted as news worthy reading but now citizen journalism is starting to challenge and populate journalism. Traditional journalism factors around technical support, such as cameramen, editors, researchers and so on, whereas with citizen journalism can use simple but effective ways to broadcast news through camera phones and handheld camcorders which in turn can be linked to the internet within seconds through social networking platforms. With traditional journalism they use online portals and high entry support to broadcast news which creates high barriers to shot for. Whereas with the help of social media, citizen journalism can now use social networking platforms such as YouTube and review sites such as Mashable to broadcast their stories and articles which now breaks down the barriers and lowers the communication levels. Along with the levels of communication, the additional social media channels now challenge traditional journalism where journalists can now broadcast.
Such newspapers as the Guardian and The Independent are now resorting to social media to broadcast to a wider audience and due to these increasing statistics 51% of 18 to 24year-olds with a social networking profile agreed that they often find out about breaking news stories first via a social networking website. Many journalists are now having their stories read through social apps such as Facebook and twitter as a way of communicating with the public.
Personally I feel traditional journalism is now becoming seen as more negative in the eyes of the public, after the phone hacking scandal arose in the public’s interest in 2011, traditional journalism has now become frowned upon and with serious privacy issues needed to be dealt with. The idea of hacking into someone’s phone is rather extreme but when concerned with a murder victim it’s a more serious issue. The news of the world was a national newspaper, which it seems would stop at nothing to reveal information and “gossip” hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone during investigations into her murder. Ironically the newspaper The Guardian first reported the allegations. “And was a turning point in the hacking affair, contributing to the closure of the News of the World and the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics.” Has journalism stooped so low as to this type of pain and unjust actions of the media? Unfortunately these events are still under investigation. Which makes me question the values of journalism and the value of human rights.