Online Vs Traditional Journalism

UOW student surfing the web for the latest news stories.

UOW student surfing the web for the latest news stories.

Many fear for the reduction in career opportunities in the field of traditional, longform and print journalism as result of the increasing demand in ‘online journalism’. Online Journalism may be more efficient, but is it reliable enough? Current journalism students themselves have their say about this issue.

“I think online journalism is an easier and faster way for people to get ‘news’ items and information; some people will definitely prefer that depending on their circumstances or their purposes.” (John Durrant – UOW student)

Is newspaper and traditional ‘newsroom’ journalism being destroyed in contemporary society as result of accessibility and affordability of the Internet? With millions of people on twitter, facebook and Youtube, access to online links, articles, blogs, and the ‘sharing; of news stories has never been so easy. It’s changed the way large newsrooms and newspapers share their content.

When a number of aspiring journalists were asked what they thought about the notion of deteriorating “traditional journalism”, an overwhelming sense of concern in job opportunities was evident. “The down side of it [onlne journalism] is that lots of people are losing their jobs because of it… I am so worried about getting a job in this field because its so competitive and there are very limited opportunities available” (Emma Davies). Emma can not see herself doing anything else apart from journalism; ever since she was little she knew this was the career she was gong to pursue, “I’ll keep striving to do well and learn more about this field.” Ashleigh field agrees that the shift in journalism practices has increased the way we hear about a news story, and as a result varying career opportunities, “There are so many options and so many directions you can go. It’s all about engaging the viewer.”

With Online journalism taking off in contemporary society, most people now head to online social media sites initially, in order to grasp a sense of opinions and discussions with the option of clicking links and articles shared by friends. These links take them straight to the article in a matter of seconds, with further stories and links included, “News is literally at our fingertips” (Ashleigh Field). This adaption has lead to a race against reporters as to who can get their story out the fastest. Many will read bits and pieces of articles, followed by a number of tweets about the issue, but then still reach for the local newspaper to read the full story if it is appealing enough.
With the growth of online journalism, is it evident that many aspiring journalists have shifted the direction of their career, to more online/digital based aspirations,“I just feel that it’s the field that will have the most opportunities available.” (Lauren Ferri, UOW student) Lauren believes that with the increase in demand for faster and more efficient news stories, Online journalism is the best career option.

“If you’re passionate about it, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve it.”

Online journalism may be fast, cheap and easily accessible but is it reliable? University student john Durrant shares what he thinks about the ‘evolution’ of technological journalism – “I often check my phone for a quick headline update but will always go to longform if I’m really interested. I think real online journalism can be effective and informative, but rarely is it story telling”. John is adamant and persistent that he will have a successful career in “newspaper” journalism – this form in his opinion is the most reliable, engaging and truthful.

What do you think is the most effective form of journalism? Have YOUR say!


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