How Digital Developments Have Changed Journalism

Digital developments seem to be almost singlehandedly responsible for the decline of conventional news storytelling, changing journalism almost beyond recognition.

The Times journalist Ben MacIntyre remarked that ‘the internet is liberating us from the formulaic structures and scaffolding the media uses to tell stories’. I think MacIntyre is correct to a degree; the internet continues to sway people away from using the traditional news media, but ‘liberating’ may be excessive.

Also, many magazines and newspapers that were once solely in print now have a digital platform too, or have been fully replaced by digital, thanks in-part to the development of tablets, reducing print circulations even further.

Another aspect of this change is that many online news outlets are free and thus, perhaps inadvertently, encourage people to lose focus easily and switch to another free story. Technology writer Nicholas Carr comments that ‘the more [people that] use the web, the more they have to fight to stay focused on long pieces of writing’. 

In summary, digital developments have forced journalism to progress into new areas and face the prospect of leaving their traditional media behind.