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Online Journalism

reflections on a changing medium

in response to journalism.co.uk

While I agree that it is very important for modern journalists to know how to interact with and utilize new Web technologies, I do not think that “how to monitor Twitter” should be at the top of this list. I mean, c’mon. Twitter is certainly useful to report and receive news messages in real-time–but only in increments of 140 characters or less. This just seems trivial alongsied weightier necessities and tips such as number 5: “core journalistic skills are still crucial.”
I agree much more with this idea. Although the media landscape is undergoing some heavy renovation, accuracy and skill of news outlets will always remain important to consumers of news. In the future, as consumers of news become innundated with more and more news from more and more sources they might have to be a bit choosier about whom they’re trusting to get the facts right. Sure, as number 9 states, “stories don’t have to end once they are published online,” however, careless “news”-vomit from media outlets won’t pave the way for long-term credibility or gain the the trust of readers. With too many slip-ups or too much of a carefree publish then filter attitude, you’ll essentially end up writing the blog who cried wolf. This is something to be wary of.

Furthermore, it is silly to think that polished writing skills will be relics of the past, left to rust away in journalists’ toolbelts beneath hi-tech gadgets. The ability to communicate news in a clear and concise way through the use of language will always be a necessary skill. Even with the adoption of more advanced methods of gathering information through research, seeking out story ideas and transmitting information to consumers, journalists will still have to take efficiently communicate  information to their audience in order for consumers to find meaning in their work and gain knowledge from it.

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