Is this the end of traditional journalism?

I found an interesting article on the internet about traditional journalism dying because  of the use of the ‘internet’. This article below highlights reasons about how the  news are  delivered and how it has affected traditional journalism in today’s competitive world. Also how much people rely on the internet for news?

The demand for traditional journalism is dying following the increment in the use of the internet. Journalists are seeing their career paths die right before their eyes.  The technologies have changed the way news are collected and transmitted. People have stopped referring to newspapers and television news. The use of Internet has emerged significantly changing people’s perceptions for news delivery. Mindy McAdams, the current Knight for Journalism in USA, recalls that in 1995 people turned to television for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing, but by 2001 public demand crashed CNN’s online servers in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre attacks.

There have been an increasing number of events chronicled on the Internet first. The Virginia Tech shootings, the 2004 Indonesia Tsunami and the recent bombings in Mumbai, India were all shown online before television. Printed newspapers don’t even have a chance. The biggest problem is that too many of today’s journalists see working at a local newspaper as an unfulfilling career path. And too many journalists today see online news as a threat to “real journalism,” and have little or no ability to create online news content on their own. Tom McKendrick, multimedia producer at The Age said: “[Multimedia journalism is to] take all the different aspects of traditional journalism and to merge them into a whole package … true multimedia journalism is something where you have lots of different media all converged in one place. You have video and audio and photos and text and blogs and whatever else you might have in there all in one place. “A multimedia journalist has to have a rare balance between the technical skills, the craft skills and the journalistic skills or the news sense.”


One Response to Is this the end of traditional journalism?

  1. Jocelyn says:

    Wow yes of course… but then what is ‘real journalism’? I would say online journalism is just a continuation of print- albeit a more instant form, with less time to check sources or delay the release of information and so on. And of course, there are the extra ‘chunks’ of media you need to include in an online multimedia piece, like a video, audio, links or blogs. The ‘rare balance’ needed will mean journalists having to aquire the new skills, but at what cost? Will having to concentrate on so many different disciplines mean we spread ourselves too thin?

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