How to Survive Journalism 2.0

18 Apr

Simple answer seems pretty obvious. Adapt to the world of the Internet, which means more entertainment, less information.  In fact, the argument made by Jonathan Stray is a pretty convincing one, especially in terms of framing the problem with media as being at fault for the downfall of itself. There’s only one issue, which is the fact that just because the news has been deemed boring by the public doesn’t mean that it’s now irrelevant.

Pandering to the audience has always been a a surefire way to dumb down the public, and a free media is a way to keep citizens free from tyranny; however, this system is failing. I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be fixed, but there is something inherently wrong about the way that news is moving forward through the Internet. Traditional training for journalists usually requires stringent source and fact checking, as well as ethical dilemmas, which have been cast aside like print media as relics of the past. We cannot expect the old guards like Robert Peston to be around forever and develop ways to integrate the old standards of the media with new age delivery systems.

That comparison is unfortunately irrelevant because BBC can’t exactly be the model for moving forward though, because most media companies aren’t set up the same way. Being funded by the government allows the BBC to take some more risks as a news organization, but unlike a publicly funded organization like PBS in the U.S., the BBC is popular enough to draw attention to what they’re doing.

I honestly believe that no one knows what’s coming in terms of the future of journalism, but I think we fell off the well beaten path and headed for the high speed information highway without really considering the consequences.


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