It’s not a business problem, it’s a bravery problem.

Week 4. The future of Journalism

 

The results are in. The media industry is going through its own Hurricane Sandy and it could spell the end of several of our most precious industries.

Newspapers, television and radio are all suffering mass losses thanks to the uncharted and rough waters of the of new and innovative medias being introduced every day.

A New York Times study from October 2012 reported that 53% of baby boomers said they read news papers however that number plummets as you ask younger generations. Only 32% of generation x read newspapers and only 22% of millennial’s said they a likely to be found perusing the pages of a hardcopy newspaper. It’s all digital now – 44% of Americans own smart phones, 22% own tablets and there digital news consumption rates have never been higher.

One could argue that the problem isn’t the digitalisation of news media, after all is that not a cheaper long term solution than printing millions of pages of newspapers every day? The environment is considering sending a thank you letter to Apple (arguably the instigator of the smart revolution) thanking it for making digital news accessible wirelessly at any time. News organisations however seem to be almost reluctant to give themselves the opportunity to innovate, research has shown that early adopters “recieve less of a benefit than later adopters do” (Lievrouw 2002, Rogers 1962, 2003). The industry are scared. Why put their already dwindling money into something that there competitors are going to benefit from more than they are? It would seem that the around large gap between the news and technology fields is becoming almost cavernous in size.

 

John V. Pavlik, 2013, “Innovation And The Future Of Journalism,” Digital Journalism, 1:2, 181-193,

I saw it on Facebook.

Week 3. Social Media.

 

Today two water buffalo were accidentally let loose on Sydney streets, I didn’t witness it, I wasn’t there, I didn’t read about it in the paper the next day, I didn’t watch it on the local news but I lived it, as it happened through the power of social media.

I reacted with shock as that first Facebook post came through.

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Then I kept up to date on “buffalo-gate” through twitter because why wait for a journalist to type up an article for me to skim through the first two paragraphs get the general idea then exit when I can read whats happening, as it happens in 160 characters or less.

Journalism was previously the only form of news a person could acquire. Twenty years ago when an event occurred you saw it on the nightly news bulletin, you read about it in the paper the next day. A person had to wait for news. Today that is unacceptable.

However with speed sacrifice must be made. In newspapers, news websites and other professional journalistic outlets content is clearly labeled whether it is opinion or fact, however with social media that is not usually the case, so we take in someones opiion and process it as fact. Rarely do we do further research and if we do its probably just checking a different social media network.  We are quickly manufacturing the least informed generation of our time as they take small snippets of information and form big opinions on big topics.

By the way, local firefighters helped detain Newtown’s friendly visitors until handlers arrived.

Berkowitz, Dan, 2009, “Journalism in the broader cultural Mediascape,” Journalism, Vol. 10(3): 290–292