Where do you get your news from?
Facebook friends? Journalists?
In today’s day and age you can watch it on the TV, hear it on the radio, read it in the newspaper and surf it on the internet.
As examined in my last two posts, along with the internet comes citizen journalism and a lot of people have doubts about it as it could potentially make for the downfall of professional journalism.
The question we have to ask here is, can they coexist or are we going out with the old news and in with the new news?
What even is news?
And it’s broken.
Contemporary social theorists hold that the increasing popularity of the World Wide Web and social media as the leading news source is killing traditional journalism.
They credit that the principles of good, ethical journalism are declining and throwing away the profession.
But, are the aforementioned burdens actually real or farfetched fallacies? Is citizen journalism taking over professional journalism?
As a journalism student myself, branding traditional journalism as a crumbling profession is far more than an exaggerated misconception, rather an utter lie.
The whole shebang isn’t as bad as what people make it out to be – the solution is finding a balance that encompasses the positive aspects of both.
In recent times, fake news has become an epidemic – from Russia hacking the U.S. election, to Trump opposing a free press.
So Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales deigned the worlds latest upcoming trend to battle the flow of #FakeNews.
And here’s how to spot it.
— WikiTribune (@WikiTribune) April 26, 2017
The plan here is that the contributors (citizen and professional journalists) will post their original sources so “that way [we] can make up [our] own mind” about what we believe and don’t believe.
The platform will see both professional journalists and citizen journalists presented as equals.
The two professions, like outlined in my last few blog posts, provide vastly different outlooks on stories. By co-existing and working together we can create a completely new meaning to journalism that everyone can agree with.
In addition, the content posted will be authored, fact-checked and verified by professional journalists so those non-believers can put their reliability questions at rest.
“When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.”
It’s important to remember while being empowering for citizen participation, citizen journalists should not be a substitute for the current profession.
By having a uniform partnership, our society will gain more relatable stories while aligning with the powerful ethical standards of journalism itself.
Perhaps the further innovation of social media will further revolutionise citizen journalism into the 21st century.
What do you think? Are we going out with the old and in with the new?
Here’s a Youtube Clip to help you visualise.