Can anyone be a journalist? In this modern digital age, yes. People can start a blog, they can use Facebook as a platform, twitter, Instagram etc. This has major effects on news companies and makes it difficult for journalists to make money.
Journalists are facing a hard time as their industry is becoming completely digitalised.
Our current technological era is causing traditional journalism to slowly ‘die’, less people are reading newspapers, watching the news on TV and listening to the radio. Long form isn’t being used as often as people would rather read shorter, simple articles.
Journalists are spending less time ‘in the field’ meaning no direct contact. Telephones and emails are used to conduct interviews which affects the way a story is written as it prevents seeing body language and surroundings.
On the other hand, digital journalism helps with news gathering as public reports and corporate information are published online, which are highly reliable. Stories can be published almost instantaneously with things such as ‘live updates’. With the increased use of mobiles and tablets to view the news, which I lightly touched on in my view on the Reuters Digital Report, it means that news is highly accessible 24/7.