The Future of News

Student Perspectives on the State of Journalism

Understanding the future of news

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The producers of this blog are a group of college students concerned with the future of news.  As potential journalists, or at least a fresh group of people entering the digital age, we are studying what is to come of our beloved ink-splattered paper.

From what we’ve learned in class (Com 466 Digital Journalism), we are seeing the trickling effects of printed news transitioning to the Internet.  Everything from jobs, to reporting tools, to business models is all being changed and we want to inform the public through our blog.

In the previous post, we used a fun video to distinguish what exactly is going on in journalism – it is a battle between citizen journalism and traditional journalism.

Citizen journalism is reporting done by the hands and minds of content consumers and average people, but traditional journalism is reporting by huge conglomerates and legacy media, like CNN and Fox News.

Reporting tools also differ between citizens and conglomerates.  Citizens typically use affordable tools – a computer, a phone and Internet access.  They usually register for a free (or inexpensive) blogging site to post their reports on-line and/or they can use YouTube to post amateur footage.

Conglomerates hire a variety of people to do specialized tasks in reporting, and it’s usually quite expensive.  Typically, they hire credible people that went to college and have years of experience.  When reporting, they use framing and news value to judge what they believe the public should know while citizen journalism covers all aspects of the same story.

Conglomerates usually have their own broadcasting network on television but thanks to the Internet, citizens can broadcast their news through services like Twitter, social media sites, blogs and YouTube.

Lastly, we want the public to know the business model of journalism is still in the air.  In the old model, conglomerates were supported by advertisements but due to the shift of the Internet — businesses are moving their ads on-line.  Newspapers are suffering and journalists are losing their jobs.  The newspapers that tried adapting to the shift are available on-line but now they’re stuck in a rut – news companies all over are trying to figure out how and if they should charge the public to access their material.

Citizen reporters are making money by filling in the coverage gaps of news organizations.  They can start an on-line beat, but that isn’t always profitable.  Some offer space on their site for advertisers, some accept donations and others ignore profitability, using their skills as a public service.

Either way, journalism is being recreated by shifting from a one-way to a two-way stream.  As news consumers, we should be informed of what’s going on in our world.  And as potential reporters, we should familiarize ourselves with these changes so we can adapt much smoother to the progressive world of journalism.


Written by sew28

June 5, 2009 at 12:12 am

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  1. edited and links added.


    June 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    • Thank you for editing and adding links!


      June 5, 2009 at 6:29 pm

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