Journalism? More like Twitter-ism.

by SVL on February 6, 2017 - 2:55am

David Marsh, a former production editor at the Guardian wrote a five years old article titled “Digital Age Rewrites the Role of Journalism”. In it, he talked about the growing debate among journalists on what is the definition of a journalist in this new digital age? Or even, what is the difference between a tweeter (or a teacher who sometimes writes articles for a local newspaper) and a more traditionalist journalist? If both are reporting stories to an audience, does that not make them both journalists?

Most importantly, the author questioned on what are the future consequences of the growing use of social media and blogs to spread news and who will be the most affected by it? To respond to his own question, Mr. Marsh added how “brilliant journalism will be sustained only if the company can finance it”. Meaning the industry is slowly losing journalists because of the instability of the future of this profession and the lack of pay for a good quality story. Let’s not forget, for the past five years, many newspapers and magazines have closed their doors or chose to only have an online presence – La Presse, Lucky Magazine and much more. In the end, David Marsh briefly mentioned the negotiations going on with the GNM’s board members so they can be paid more fairly and how journalists will work together to “search for a business model to support quality journalism”.

Yet, will it be enough to keep the “quality side” of the industry alive?

Here is the link to the article publish on October 16th, 2012 in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainability/sustainability-report-2012-people-nuj

Comments

I think the article choice you decided to summarize is a very important topic. I believe that spreading the word around that one of the major reasons why there is so much fake news being spread on social media is due to the lack of pay/jobs that employers are willing to give to journalists resulting in a reducing number of reliable journalists over time. According to Laura Scott, a journalist for Gatehouse Media New England & Essex Country Newspaper; "The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs for newspaper reporters will drop by 8 percent through 2020.". This prediction is staggering because that suggests that news in media will become less reliable than it is now.

Article:
“Journalist Pay Scale” by Laura Scott, Chron, [No date of publishing posted], http://work.chron.com/journalist-pay-scale-2514.html

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A Champlain College student slash brunch enthusiast who is currently studying in the General Social Sciences program.

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