How digital developments have changed journalism

With the growing influence of digital citizenship in today’s society, contemporary journalism is becoming increasingly difficult to define.

A journalist was often recognised by the technicalities of his profession; the process of printing information onto big sheets of newspaper. However, as a result of the growing impact of the internet in today’s society and industries, determining who is a journalist and who publishes news stories on the internet is slightly more difficult than before. The main difficulty being the fact that those who do not consider themselves as journalists can do things that cover the basis of journalism. These digital citizens can share articles as quick as they publish, be the first eyes on the scene and document any event just the same as the next journalist. A big issue being the amount of platforms in which journalists and normal members of society share together. Twitter being one of the most prominent.

The problem with this is that it opens the door for a lot of ‘fake news’ outlets which hurt the credibility of journalists posting their stories on the internet. It’s much easier to provide news to people on the internet in today’s technologically rich society whereas before it was just restricted to the professionals. Unfortunately, with the rapid growth of social media and internet based technology, this is bound to get only worse.