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The evolution of journalism.

Posted on: January 12, 2010

Gutenberg started the phenomenon with his invention of the printing press in 1440, today in 2010 the evolution of journalism is continuing. Many changes have come about with the addition and increased adoption of web 2.0. Today anyone and everyone can be a journalist, blogging and microblogging have opened the doors to anyone who has the passion to take on almost topic.

Journalism used to be a craft which required a great deal of research and editing before a story was published, today, with great ease, anyone can write anything and make it live on the world wide web. The amount of information on the web makes it hard to monitor and regulate. Thus virtual journalism, blogging and microblogging has been adopted by many. Those who want to write about fishing or complain about bad products can do so in a matter of minutes through any free blogging service. We Media written by Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis explains this phenomenon,

“The venerable profession of journalism finds itself at a rare moment in history where, for the first time, its hegemony as gatekeeper of the news is threatened by not just new technology and competitors but, potentially, by the audience it serves. Armed with easy-to-use Web publishing tools, always-on connections and increasingly powerful mobile devices, the online audience has the means to become an active participant in the creation and dissemination of news and information. And it’s doing just that on the Internet.” (1)

Good writers and bad, those educated and uneducated are all equal in this realm, they are all empower to become journalist on the web. This power given to consumers has been important for producers to consider. Companies of all shapes and sizes have been forced to delve into the online journalism and social media world to see when, where and how their name is being used. This is where we see the legality of these acts coming into play.

How much monitoring should be practiced here? Who would/could take on such daunting task? How will online journalism, mircroblogging and blogging continue to evolve? These are all questions being asked all over the world each day. It seems all one can do it take much of the information on the internet with a grain of salt, believe very little without full investigation, be a skeptic. It is very important to remember however, there is a vast amount of useful information for free on the web, to find it I would recommend researching all topic thoroughly, looking into and reading reputable blogs, and do you part in reporting well thought out and cohesive information.

1) Bowman, Shayne & Willis, Chris (2003), “Introduction to Participatory Journalism”, We Media: How audiences are shaping the future of news and information, The Media Center at The American Press Institute, July 2003


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