We discussed this reading by Paul Bradshaw on the online journalism blog.
Paul has summed up what he feels has changed in Journalism in the last ten years because of the internet.
The message being portrayed in the article is how online journalism will; if not already take over from print. He has lost faith in print journalism for a number of reasons. The reasons seem to stem from two things: What audiences want to see and what advertisers are willing to do. This is in favour of online journalism and that if you want to be a journalist these days you have to adapt yourself to these changes.
At face value the article is basically saying what many people are predicting. Online Journalism is the future. I agree with most of what he says but points four and six are particularly flawed in my opinion.
Everyone going to Amazon for a book review? Amazon will give you a review of popular public opinion but many people still want quality journalism. Will they get that from Amazon? Unlikely. How about from a journalist who has studied many different books and has knowledge in this field? Probably.
Also the point about reduced cost of newsgathering. Paul really needs to be clearer in what he’s saying here. Once again if people want quality news, and many of them do, then they are not going to get that from not having limited sources. Who is going to get these sources because they don’t just magically appear on the web!
More on the future of Journalism in the next blog post.