Technology today is changing the way that a growing audience is experiencing breaking news.
In a world where nearly a quarter of the population uses the internet and around 200 million users join every year, an increasing number of people have access to the vast array of information that can be found there. This provides a huge variety of sources for journalists.
The public’s access to data on the internet is resulting in a new role for journalists that is more focused on analysing facts and providing a judgement on a story because the audience can easily see the basic information themselves.
Luke O’Neil, author of ‘The Year we Broke the Internet’ has suggested that this has lead to a growth in shallow journalism; “veracity, newsworthiness and relevance be damned,” he says. He criticises news websites for becoming indifferent to what is right or wrong so long as there is a high readership.
However a single newspaper is no longer sufficient when a member of the public is able to pull together several sources of information to create their own publication from the internet. Jeff Jarvis, as professor of investigative journalism at City University of New York, has suggested that it is wise to “cover what you do best; link to the rest.”
Technological advances mean that journalism is going to have to make more use of multi-media platforms to reach a greater audience. Young people iare growing up in a digital world where various screens are interchangeable and television can be watched on a computer or ipad. This will make journalists with programming skills more valuable.
Social media is allowing more people to express their opinions and access breaking news as it happens. The BBC has informed the public that it mines through content from its audience to give a story relevance and depth and also claim that it is an effective platform for accessing more information and sources.
Technology is changing the quality of journalism and the role that the journalists have in presenting and analysing information.
By Eleanor Wade