In this fast paced consumer driven society, news reporting has become an ingested, chewed up and then spat out product. Of course I understand that the times are changing but the question I ask here is, in what way are they changing, for better or for worse.
In a way journalism has a future but to what kind of future it has remains unanswered.
“…just as the landscape painters must have realised when the Cubists turned up – that future is definitely going to look a little different because everything is changing. For journalists, change is always a great story. We’re in thrall to it, love reporting it. Lots happening mean lots of news”. (Scott, 2010)
This semester saw the use of twitter as a huge part of our assignment based criteria and I have to admit that I am still not convinced by its construction and its delivery in regards to reporting news and current affairs.
Although I do merit twitters ability to draw in the masses and to make them communicate across a vast range of topics I still remain skeptical.
When it comes to using twitter as tool for media purposes it seems that I’m not alone in my opinion, as the thought that ‘twitter is journalism’, has sparked a long standing debate within in the media hungry community.
Of course like all debates there are two sides of the story. The first side is the advantages that twitter has in news community.
– It is real-time journalism, meaning that when a story breaks twitter is there reporting on it seconds later.
– It can grow an audience by offering different perspectives and views
– It’s a worldwide organization. Anybody from anywhere is the western world can instantly communicate and discuss and swap ideas.
– It offers faster eye witness accounts of a live event.
– It produces links to other news organizations and stories
– It’s raw and unedited and free to use.
The second side is the disadvantages that twitter produces in the news community.
– The credibility and verification issues that arise from retweeting misleading or incorrect facts.
– There is only a 140 character limit where correct grammar and spelling tend to be the first to go. This can also create other problems like misinterpreting the content of the tweet by limiting the expression outlet.
– Higher percentage of rumors that occur during a breaking news story.
– Only really used in the Western world. Thus only the western world is getting the large quantity of news information.
– Can be used as propaganda.
– The lack of analysis and deeper understanding.
With both the advantages and disadvantages of twitter highlighted it is easy to see how the media community is still debating whether or not it’s valuable enough or not for reporting news.