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 verificationJournalism 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 radiationBulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, 67(5), 55-65.

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3 responses »

  1. stephanielavelle says:

    I do agree with you AS09EM when you say social media has opened new ways for information sharing between all members of society. I agree with your point because most people are now on social networking websites where they have the opportunity to post current information while events occur. I myself have been updated on current events because of my friends posting information on Facebook.
    One of the advantages of Twitter and Facebook is that people around the world also have websites like Facebook and Twitter where they can post firsthand information on what is happening over there. I remember when the crisis in Egypt first began, and people from Egypt were tweeting what was happening. These types of websites allow real time information where individuals can stay updated while events occur.
    I also agree with you when you say social media has provided a solution where we can stay up-to-date on current news without having to watch the 6 O’clock news. We can now receive quick updates to our phones rather than watching television.
    Even though accuracy is a major problem with websites like Facebook, and Twitter, I do believe these websites provide room for more opinion because there are no restrictions, where written pieces are being reviewed by an editor, and money is not a priority.

  2. mcgip says:

    Social and new media platforms have in fact transformed the journalism industry. Whether this transformation is positive or negative remains up for debate. 140 characters does not do a news story justice. Twitter does make it easier to find links and receive updates on events, but less information is not always better. In the game telephone, where a message is passed from the beginning to end of a line of people and the final message compared to the original, this point is proven. The message is always short and as a result, the pieces don’t always fit together. Likewise, Twitter messages are short, but this does not mean they are accurate or succinct. Because of the 140 character limit the author cannot explain their point, but can only make a statement about their point, creating broad room for interpretation. If a study was conducted that compared a pieced-together story from Twitter with a journalist news story on the same topic, produced within the same time frame, I predict the two texts, and therefore their messages, would be entirely different. Perhaps the messages would even be indistinguishably the same topic. Take the bombings at the Boston Marathon for instance. Tons of text messages, Tweets and Facebook posts were circulating false information that was further falsified as it got passed on. Journalists tried to produce accurate information that corrected the false information produced by citizen journalists, but they could not halt the spread of inaccuracies. Citizen journalism is more convenient to access in many cases, but it is not always a better investment of time and energy because it is not always accurate.

  3. Amanda Avila says:

    I think that social media has expanded journalism as well and also encourages citizen engagement. With social media now being available to anyone that has a computer or smart phone we are able to access information, or post information at the click of a button. What is interesting is that most people are taking this to their full advantage, not only individuals but businesses and media sources. What I found interesting that many news stations on television are doing is having citizen journalism not only through social media but they are broadcasting it to television. For example when the NLH draft pick was taking place on television people could make a tweet with the hashtag #NLHdraft2013 and there tweet would be featured on television at the bottom of the screen. There tweet would usually making a comment on the latest trade that was occurring at the time. That is just one of many ways that people participate in citizen journalism on a day to day basis. Most people probably participate in citizen journalism without even knowing it. Posting on facebook, twitter and blogs becomes a naturalized act. If we find an article online or a youtube video that is of interest to us, naturally we want to share it with our followers.

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