The Changes in Journalism: Module 6

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 verificationJournalism 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 []. 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.


4 thoughts on “The Changes in Journalism: Module 6

  1. Your blog has some very interesting views on journalism and citizen’s journalism. Although I agree that there are defining factors between the two, I personally do not support either. I find that in today’s age much of what we call “journalism” is not good journalism at all. I think that journalists nowadays maybe try to get the most accurate information that they can, but many times they have some personal interests or biases that they are trying to protect. In terms of citizen’s journalism or even social activism, there is such an abundance of it that it is becoming increasingly difficult to figure out which one is correct and which one is false. There have been scenarios were citizen’s journalism was more current than regular journalism. I think that the timeliness of citizen’s journalism is one advantage that citizen’s journalism has over regular journalism.

  2. I agree in that social media has definitely opened the doors for the citizen to become an online journalist. From our reading on the Three Nuclear Accidents the shift to digital media has allowed complex information to be distilled into verbiage that the consumer can interpret and digest. “Internet gives them the ability to participate in discussions with journalists and among themselves, as well as to provide information about these events. This is the ‘new media’ as it is called in journalism, with active citizen participation”. (Freidman, 2011, p53) Through the “iterative process where contested accounts are examined and evaluated in public in real-time.” (Hermida,2012, p1) verification of the information takes place via citizen journalism.

  3. We have to admit that social media has had a great impact on journalism industry. One of the groups in my business class just did a presentation about The New York Times. Because of social media tools, people prefer to read online and also comment on the news right away rather than print newspaper. So New York Times suffers major business losses since the rise of social media. It means a lot to journalism industry and also benefits us as citizen’s journalism. But if people use the Internet to spread the conscious misleading or groundless information to the public, the citizen’s journalism will be meaningless.

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