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The wrath of digitalisation: what impact is the digital era having on the journalism industry?

For some, the rise of digitalisation in the modern era has been a blessing in disguise. For others, it has been something sinister, destroying the sole purpose of journalist’s role in society.

Some stress that the rise of the internet has allowed everyone to ‘become’ journalists. As the internet has expanded it has become easier for people all over the world to share their opinion. However, the rise in blogs has challenged journalism as they aren’t monitored and allow unfiltered information to travel the web.

As the internet becomes more complex more platforms are created which journalists have to become familiar with. This challenges the role of journalists as they have to learn how to appeal to more people on different platforms. Journalism is spreading onto every platform possible, increasing the size of the industry, but can it deal with the amount of competition?

The intensity of the internet has meant that news is in constant demand, where journalists have to adapt to a quick turn around period. Updating all the time means that there is increased room for errors, and journalists have to make sure that the information being delivered is relevant to the audience. It could be argued that the rise in technology has created a sense of uncertainty amongst the industry.

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