How technology is changing news?
Digital publishing such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Qik is invading our daily lives a bit more everyday. We can no longer consider a casual day without watching, reading or just passing in front of a screen displaying information.
This huge rise of technology and of the use of smartphones has had a monumental impact on the news industry. Some effects are qualified as good for our own consumption of the news, and some are just affecting it.
In the early years of journalism, news used to be transmitted through fewer outlets and it could take days, or even weeks, for overseas stories to be published. Many years and inventions later, journalism has been completely transformed through the use of technology.
As a direct cause of that change, the whole industry of journalism has been modified. Indeed, the term ‘ citizen journalism‘ appeared, allowing some non-journalists to publish uncertified stories online which could then be picked up by editors or published on some other websites. A loss of credibility has thus been noticed. How can we be sure that we are reporting the truth if the information is not verified and certified? Anybody can now publish stories, photographies and rumors which could be subject to be believed by some readers/viewers.
Moreover, an idea of an actual “BigBrother” has been outlined. Some people have had issues dealing with the gap between their private and professional lives. With social networkings like Twitter or Facebook, anybody can get access to it and a lot of celebrities or even normal persons see their carreer ruined because of the internet. As an example of that, a Patriots Cheerleader has been fired over photographs on Facebook displaying her drawing on a drunken asleep girl.
However, we can still point out many points in the rise of technology for the journalism industry.
Indeed, the idea of citizen journalism brings immediate global awareness as to what is going on internationally, via amateur pictures, reports and videos directly. People don’t have to wait for a newspaper the following day to read about an event on the other side of the planet, Twitter will do. This is why many journalists now use Twitter as their most useful tool. Many stories came out on such social networks first, such as the death of Osama Bin Landen for instance.
There is also an idea of mobility; people don’t need to move from their house or from wherever they are to know what’s happening thanks to their smartphone or PC, and they can choose exactly which stories they want to learn more about. The newspapers often do not give much choice to the readers.
Also, journalists don’t need to carry massive equipment all the time and can angle a story only with their mobile phone while randomly wandering about; Mobile video reporters called MOJO are showing benefits everyday.
To sum up; the concept of ‘journalism’ is now a separate thing from the concept of running a newspaper. We’ll no doubt see a change in the mix of whether news is produced by the professional, the pro-amateur, or the random passer-by who happens to be at the right place at the right time once with a cameraphone. This is probably only the beginning.