Journalists Adapt and Overcome


 Since the wave of the internet, the newspaper industry has been in jeopardy; individuals rely on wall posts, as opposed to headlines, for their news. Journalists also have another challenge to face which is the age of the bloggers. Although journalists can be bloggers, there are people who blog without the proper credentials. People can post whatever comes to mind and if people choose to believe it, then that is solely up to them. The journalists are not the only individuals whose occupation is in jeopardy; this new wave affects different forms of media.

When it comes to journalism being in jeopardy, I only mean the newspaper industry. Most newspaper companies have developed websites, such as The New York Times, where they have some articles put up, but the full news is given to those who purchase the online subscription. Online news seems to be better than the actual newspaper because if there are discrepancies, then they can easily be corrected instead of waiting to find out the corrections in a later paper. There seem to be more pros than cons with electronic news; it is economically friendly, you can correct mistakes, provide far more news, it is a better look, and the list can go on forever.

There are cons, however, and one of the cons is that everyone has a computer. With enough knowledge, anyone can be a practicing journalist with blogs or submissions of videos. This is a method of de-professionalizing communication. Journalism will still survive so long as we have erroneous individuals providing people with false reports or misled facts on events. Journalists are a necessity in today’s world because without journalists to decipher what is relevant news and what is not, then we may have news reports of what someone had for dinner last night instead of the details of an inauguration speech. That also leaves room for bias when it comes to the citizen journalist, or blogger.

This is also something that has happened with Wikipedia. Although Wikipedia is a way for people to communicate in order to submit facts about people, places, situations, etc.; there is still a major issue with when individuals come across a page that may still need further editing, or is still being disputed. The good thing about citizen journalists is that they submit the stories and it gets edited prior to being aired. Wikipedia, on the other hand, has immediate editing which can have false material on it.

At some point, there were individuals who were submitting videos to news rooms doing the work for them. The only thing that journalists had to do was edit the video, get the facts and then air it. That is one of the forms of citizen journalism.

I feel as if journalism will always be necessary, and the profession will always find a way to adapt and overcome to our ever-developing society. So far, journalism has done a great job of doing just that.