What impact is social media having on journalists and journalism?

January 26, 2011

 

In the traditional world the news organizations had to give out information, and people would consume it. But simply making information available is not enough for today’s public. Today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they read, and most believe they should be able to contribute content and opinions, too. This shift is generally called the social media.

Basically social media use internet-and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. It has not only benefited journalists but has also helped give individuals a way to speak up to the world.

More and more people prefer reading newspapers online due to the online version being global, free and around forever. If most of the consumers are on line, it is better to reach them online. Traditional media is slowly becoming history. Journalists are now making a good use of social media to engage their audience.

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When the bird spreads its wings

January 20, 2011

 

Before getting started with the topic I am doing research on (ethic and legal issues to bear in mind when using social media content in news coverage) I want to share with you all something I came across while surfing the Net.

Social Media currently play an important role. This is something that goes almost without saying. Nevertheless, the way they are used in democratic countries differs from that one in states ruled by authoritarian regimes, where social media are the voice of the people who protest, demonstrate or even take part in a revolution. Read the rest of this entry »