Social media and journalism (WEEK 9, Term-2)

How have social media changed the relationship between audiences and news, and what problems do these changes present for the traditional media?

Firstly, the social media allows connections and discussions at levels that print can not offer – people can leave comments and start discussions for news stories. Before the social media, spontaneous discussion between readers who had never met was hardly possible. People’s active participation is a big portion of digital journalism. Opinions and contents are the birth of a democratic movement that only internet and social networks can provide – It is a social media revolution. Internet communication technologies and social networking software enable people to communicate across locations and geographical boundaries.

Secondly, the news are no longer a monopolized by some authorities and everyone can put the news on the social media. In the traditional world, newspapers, businesses, governments, or other types of leading organizations published information and people would consume it. However, nowadays public is not satisfied and enough for only those information – they expect to choose what they want to know and  what they want to digest. The voices from above organizations are not the only voices of news anymore, every single person could produce news.

Since the speed of spreading out information on social media is much quicker than the traditional media, which makes news are more easily spread out; however, if there were news rumours which is harder to correct on the social media since normal people have lacked the ability to judge without proper investigation. The lack of control on the internet would usually causes many attack languages(so call internet violent), which increases the workload of journalists.

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