The world is in a constant state of flux and is witnessed to be everchanging. The emerging concept of globalization has completely restructured the entire process and the fundamental concept of Journalism in the world.
Consequently, Journalists around the world are getting more and affected and their roles are beginning to change; becoming more difficult, challenging, and requiring a mammoth magnitude of effort in adopting and being accustomed to the innovated versions and forms of journalism discourse and concepts.
Here are some important ways in which journalism has been impacted by new changing trends in the world.
Expansion of Internet and Social Media
There has been a drastic change in the overall field of media with the introduction of technologies such as the internet and social media which is its direct result. Because of this, the idea of Journalism has gone beyond the boundaries of your television screens and has entered a completely different domain.
This realm allows the people to directly share their views about the different issues of the world and therefore, the journalists have to now embark upon a completely different skill set that has to do with the sharing-as-distribution process and the social media habit that has been developed in the people. This is because of the fact that social media platforms require much more from journalists, especially Facebook (Matheson, 2004). However, a number of cybercrimes have also emerged as a result of these growing trends and countries have also legislated Cyber Laws as well.
Smart Phones and Gadgets
There has been a significant shift in news resourcing and channels in the world. Television has become the secondary resource of attaining news through journalism and it is observed that the people in this turbulent world have shifted towards smartphones and certain applications in their smartphones that allow them to get their news at a stunning speed with no need to turn on their television screens.
Change in News Business Models
There is the emergence of new and innovative business models for the news that are emerging in the world. This new model means that the journalists now have to look at different methods for the generation of the audiences in order to sell different subscriptions and ads. For instance, this can include the capturing of the data for the purpose of vigilantly targeting the ads and also the personalized products (O’sSullivan & Heinonen, 2008).
Selling a Product and Attracting the Audience
The new media that we witness today is more based on the analytics in the overall new production of the news. This means that the journalists now cannot just only rely on the numbers for the purpose of being analytic. The Journalists now have to learn from the audiences but the prime task here is that they should not become enslaved to the numbers. They should actually fathom the needs and wants of the audiences in order to secure their attention.
Furthermore, it is witnessed that journalism is also being affected by the product focus that is generated in the newly established companies of the world. This results in creating a mélange of the user experience in the world. In other words, the new product focus tends to merge the tech, business, editorial, and user experience altogether.
New Data Journalism
Another aspect that is considered to be of mammoth importance is the Idea of Data Journalism. This new and innovative idea of Data Journalism has affected the Journalism Industry in a great manner. This particularly means that the collection of the data sets, data visualization, connection to the data through the channel of API’s, sensors in the innovated work, the finding of stories in the data, and the making of searchable and cleaned up databases for the people.
The data is witnessed to be a lot more structured in contemporary times and this allows the Journalists to develop a sound understanding of the primary underpinnings and foundations related to the different issues of the world. Also, the idea of Journalism has become such that people are now asking the field to become a transparent and trustworthy endeavor. This has affected the journalists in a mammoth manner as now the journalists have become much more careful about the news that they would be propagating on the different media channels (Riffe & Freitag, 1997).
Open Journalism Trends
The idea of open journalism also plays a pivotal role in the effecting of the field of journalism and journalists in the world. The idea of open journalism includes networked journalism, the verification of content that is generated by the users, the idea of crowdsourcing, and the usage of the social media platforms for the purpose of using it as a reporting tool. The people that were previously known to be the audiences are now in very productive and very fruitful cooperation and collaboration with the journalists that are working across the lines of production. This cooperation starts with the story idea to the finished work in the end.
In the end, one can conclude that Journalists are now not in charge. In the past, media agencies were producing the news. They were witnessed to be in charge and they owned almost all the distribution channels. However, in the recent times, other larger players, such as platform organizations, social media influencers, and blogging platforms get in the middle between audiences and the journalists.
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O’sullivan, J., & Heinonen, A. (2008). Old values, new media: Journalism role perceptions in a changing world. Journalism Practice.
Riffe, D., & Freitag, A. (1997). A content analysis of content analyses: Twenty-five years of Journalism Quarterly. Journalism & Mass Communication.