The Change of Journalism

In class on Thursday, we discussed many interesting aspects about journalism. Journalism has now turned into a more “on the go” type of reading than a printed, “sit-down and take your time” read. While  There has been a created conflict between systematic and narrative journalism. Systematic journalism is when there are facts provided, not a story. On the other hand, narrative journalism is where there is a story, but not strong facts. It seems that most people now respond to narrative journalism than systematic journalism. The sole purpose of journalism now is to give you a story.

Participatory journalism is where the content created is produced by the consumers. For example, when people are on the scene of an event that happens, they turn to social media outlets to journalize what they witnessed, such as Twitter and Instagram. Often, news outlets will use Twitter or Instagram posts from people at the event when they didn’t have a firsthand witness there to cover what happened from the news station. Journalists use words knowing what they are going to make readers know and feel. There is an underlying problem with relying on the public to become on-the-spot journalists instead of a credible source. They occasionally offer false information which is believed to be true at first glance, then publicized by the media as a credible journalism source. Words are used to seem like the information is credible, but is actually false and is just trying to provoke emotion out of the readers. The shift in journalism is changing from producing credible news and media to distributing questionable sourced journalism.

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  1. It’s interesting how there is a shift in today’s journalism. I truly wonder if back in the day how our generation is going to put this on lock. Our parents and grandparents are the producing generation of this technology and we are the consumers of it, which makes us better at understanding it. Perhaps this mess of sources and credibility will someday become a type of “organized chaos,” if you will.

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