Old customs vs. high speed news


Is it truly possible for journalistic ethics, research, background checking, fact checking, and story finding techniques of the past to coexist with the high speed, quick and simple type of news stories that are in demand today?

According to an article by David Horsey of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer entitled “Who will triumph in the media revolution?”, it is difficult to see a way in which both sides have a place in journalism with the way news is going. Beyond news today being quick and simple, there are countless ways to get news you are interested in.

There is no question that blogs, Twitter, and Facebook all provide valuable reporting resources to journalists. However, these tools also provide the chance to nearly anyone to provide news. This means that companies, sports teams, and political parties … each have less need for journalists because they can give the news (however partial it may be) to the public themselves.

Hanson Hosein, a professor at University of Washington, was quoted in the article saying “new entities will arise to combat managed messages and crazy ideas.” This reflects the one major advantage that I believe good journalists should always have over other news resources. The idea that journalists must maintain their impartiality at all times should remain as a constant calming fact to confused readers who have so much information at their disposal.

Despite optimism from journalists, there are signs that people simply want to be entertained while on the web and not spend their time reading thought-provoking, insightful, detailed articles. The article points to the type of videos on YouTube with more than one million hits, the breaking news of celebrity mishaps, and the overall intrigue for things that are relatively meaningless in everyday life.

Only time will tell which side will eventually dominate the world of news.

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