How do digital developments change journalism?

"Nowadays, everyone can be a journalist (...)"
The development of the internet and the digital world has transformed modern journalism in a revolutionary way, changing the way people access the news and increasing the news publishing speed.

Nowadays, everyone can be a journalist – people can capture and save content with their smartphones, a much more practical tool than a camera. This has led to the emergence of self-publishing platforms that are possible due to blogging websites – everyone is able to upload content and share their opinions.

However, does this have a negative impact on traditional journalism?

The immediate answer is yes. The constant development of online media publishing is a threat to printing press industries. Nevertheless, the digital world has vastly increased distribution, as not only are the news available to a much broader audience, but also digital publishing has reduced the amount of time that it takes to produce and publish new content. Whereas a few years ago an update on a news story would only be published the following day, nowadays the same update can be published online as soon as possible.

It’s the evolution of journalism – the digital age has separated the concept of “journalism” from the simple act of running a newspaper.

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