This week’s module, we are discussing how social media influences the core journalistic values with the forever changes in our languages and principles. In my opinion, I believe that social media has had a great impact on the core journalistic values. Journalism is based off of or shall I say good journalism is based on “facts, truth and reality” (Herminda, 2012, p.659). Journalism is a well respected industry who’s correspondents work extremely hard in order to get noticed, let alone respected. “The discipline of verification is at the core of this structural claim to statement of authority, setting journalism apart from other forms of communication.” (Herminda, 2012, p.659). The articles we read this week discuss the impacts that social media has bad on industry of journalism. Social media provides an outlet for users to express themselves in ways only journalist we at one point able to do. However journalist have specific guidelines and rules that they need to follow in order to be publish. They have several editors who make sure word they publish is correct. On the other hand users of social media outlets do not have the same luxuries. Many users publish what ever is on their mind at the moment ad do not think of the consequences of what they are writing online.
It is said that the ‘Digital environments have changed substantially since the emergence of the first online citizen journalism projects in the late 1990s. “ (Bruns, Highfield, 2012, p. 15). Can anyone think of any examples of how this can we seen? I believe that digital environment has changed the ways to produce journalism has changes do to availability, accessability and lastly due to increase popularity. The articles gave several more examples and reasons why this may be so, can anyone name them. More specifically, Bruns and Highfield go on to categorize journalism versus users comments into what is mentioned as “citizens journalism” (p.20). “But well beyond Twitter as a current space for what we continue to call, somewhat loosely, “citizen journalism,” the practices of user-led sharing, reporting, and discussing of news stories appear to be alive and well; indeed, social media spaces such as Twitter indicate that participation in these practices – that is, committing “random acts of journalism” – has become even easier in recent years. I think the defining factors between journalism and “citizen’s journalism” is very important because there is a difference! To further define what I mean I will quote again “in general, online and social media which allow for substantial user participation and collaboration inherently carry an opportunity to move from ambient news sharing to actual citizen journalism, as specific stories happen to or near users who are able to cover them first hand, or as such stories attract the attention of a number of participants sizeable enough to make existing reports more widely visible through sharing and commenting activities”(20).
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.
Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site [Snurb.info]. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.