Online journalism is slowly taking over as the more prominent form of media and communication. With its easy accessibility and guidelines (don’t steal that other guys work) online journalism seems the way to go. With social media in the game, we have access to news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s really nothing now that can stop someone from posting the news.
Traditional media sources, such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television, are being accessed less often, as more people are relying on the online world. The reason for this would be that people think it’s easier. As humans, we’re always looking for the fastest, and easiest solution. In today’s society Twitter and Facebook are the top two social media platforms used to receive information. According to Roy Morejon and his article ‘How Social Media is Replacing Traditional Journalism as a News Source’ some of the biggest news stories were broken via twitter. An example used was Whitney Houston’s death- twitter broke the news 27 minutes before the press.
In the rush to be the person to post the story first, information can be left out, or entirely false. One problem with online journalism is that a lot of misinformation is floating around- and if the topic is widely discussed, almost everyone will believe that it’s true. Faine Greenwood shows us that not everything we read online is true.
Will this give more people the opportunity to become freelance writers? Karen Steen, senior editor for BNET says ” I encourage my bloggers to use tools like Google Trends and Google Insights to learn what topics they should be writing about. There, you can get the top 20 things people are searching for today.” Will this make a journalists job easier, knowing what to write about? Or does that just create even more competition?