I am completely new to this whole blogging thing and am unsure I’m even doing it right so I thought I’d write a quick introduction as to who I am and why I have bothered to start now.
I am currently in my 3rd year at UWE studying Journalism, Media and Culture and am hoping to gain a career in Television Production upon graduating as I have a huge passion for television and the production side of the industry. Over the summer I managed to secure some Runner work as a stepping stone to where I want to get to which was great because EVERYONE says it is ridiculously difficult to break into the industry unless you know anyone in it. With hard work and perseverance I beg to differ!
Anyway, the reason I have started this blog is because I am intrigued as to what it is all about. My lecturer also thought it would be a great idea to get us on here blogging about journalism futures…
Online journalism is the main topic of focus for this module.
The internet “operates under no such restrictions and seems rather proud of it” (Truth’s values plummet on ‘net’ The Denver Post, 2nd November, 1997). With the internet, everyone has the opportunity to be a journalist. There are almost no restrictions as to what you want to post or what you want to find out. It is an open database.
There is a debate as to whether the internet dumbs down journalism. Is it pushing newspapers out of the industry? More and more journalists are now working for little money, if any. I met with Eugene Bryne who is a local journalist in Bristol. He said “Journalists these days are writing purely for the love of the job.”
“Newspapers offer a forum for debate and analysis which cannot be provided by new computer services or by TV and radio. As well as breaking scoops, papeers can explain the whys, whats and wherefores in a way other superficial media cannot.” (‘The Online Age and Us’ Media Guardian, 24th April, 1995)
As you can see the print media industry is not entierly happy about the uproar in online journalism and bloggers. Calling it a ‘superficial’ medium connotes that the internet does not dig deep for information, it purely scratches the surface. I think that there are many pros and cons behind the internet but I would not say it is merely superficial media. It allows us to explore the world in our own bedrooms through a screen! However, social media sites can cause havock for how information is percieved and I do believe any information taken from the internet needs to be double and triple checked. We sometimes don’t trust print journalists so why would we put our complete trust in someone we can’t even see?
Bloggers- “How will they ever be able to apprciate, as they move on in their careers that the subs who insist they should go back and clarify a few points, are talking sense?” (Linda Jones, Press Gazette 18 July, 2006). I do think that blogging is a biased source of news and does not neccessarily provide the public with reliable information. Some bloggers are professionals. However anyone can be a blogger, it is limitless and free. To be and practice as a journalist, you need to be out there finding your stories. Not sat in a room writing your own opinion. Jones’ quote suggests that blogging does not set you up to be a professional journalist in the media industry. You are merely just an amature. There is noone controling a blogger with what they can and can’t say.
There are some regulations and standards that are unacceptable for posting on the internet. For example, today this article was released: http://news.sky.com/story/1010165/burning-poppy-photo-man-faces-questioning
Web 2.0 has increased democratisation but is this a good thing? Some online news sites like the BBC filter through the comment section on their websites but most social networks and blogs allow almost anything to be posted. There’s always a random roomer each year that a random celebrity has died and before you know it, everyone thinks they are actually dead! “Twittering is not the way to provide news” (The Independent, 2nd December 2008).
Technology has always been tied to power. Now everyone has the power to easily access computers, everyone has the opportunity to be a journalist. In the olden days, only rich people had a computer. Now you can pay a pound an hour in an internet cafe to get access and we have all become reliant on it. I would be lost without the internet at universtiy and I don’t think I would get as good a grade because I am always searching for information that may be of use for projects (like this!!!)