The article for module 6 discuss the impacts that social media has had on the Journalism industry. From my personal understanding I think that Social Media has in a way expanded the means of journalism. Social media has opened new ways for information sharing between all members of our society. AS a result the average citizen now has the ability to post current news updates on social media sites. Therefore introducing a new style in citizen engagement. Friedman describes this trend as “new media … with active citizen participation and news selection” (p. 63).Social media websites like twitter and Facebook started off with the purpose of connecting you with friends and family. However now we are able to keep up with news, economy and politics on the sites like Facebook and twitter. On twitter for example I follow @Cp24 which is a local news station that regularly tweets about current news. This for me has been so convenient and has helped me stay updated with what’s going on around me. As said in the Hermida article, “by 2010, all but one of the top 198 newspapers and TV stations in the United States had an official Twitter account”. This goes to show how many newspapers are relaying on social media outlets like twitter to reach an audience and connect with citizens.
Without a doubt we as a society relay on journalism to keep ourselves informed about what’s going on around us. But with our busy schedules it’s hard to sit down and actually read a newspaper or watch the 6’oclock news every day. Social media has provided a solution for this problem especially twitter. On twitter you can see news updates regularly on your phone with just a click of a button, it’s really that easy. And all the news updates are under 150 characters long. It’s the shortest and quickest way to keep yourself informed. However for that same reason credibility and accountability becomes a concern. Watching news stories unfold on Twitter is much different than just catching it on the 6 o’clock news. On twitter for example people post information immediately so they can be the first but sometimes without credible sources backing them up. With the number of people on Twitter, inaccurate information can take just minutes to reach thousands. It’s important to note here what Hermida says in the article in terms of what’s most important “journalists determine the truth, accuracy, or validity of news events”.
Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verification. Journalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668
Friedman, S. M. (2011). Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima: An analysis of traditional and new media coverage of nuclear accidents and radiation. Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, 67(5), 55-65.