Digital developments and their affect on the world of Journalism

Digital Developments in Journalism
Digital Developments in the world of Journalism

With technology constantly evolving in today’s modern society, the way in which we interact with the world also changes. Results gathered by Ofcom have concluded that smartphones are now the most popular way that people access the internet. As devices such as computers and laptops are being used for internet access significantly less than smartphones, this creates an issue for journalists as they then have to create content for several different platforms and format each piece differently according to the destination device. Journalists also have to consider the layout of their work as each device arranges text in a different way. When using a smart phone to use the internet or access the news, evidence shows that the majority of 18-34 year use social sites such as Facebook, twitter and Snapchat as opposed to actual news sites. For journalists, this also affects the way in which they produce their stories as news on these sites are often more concise and consist of a lot less words.

The audience also differs greatly between devices which is another development that changes the way the world of journalism operates. Although 23% of all adults use their smartphones to access the news, this number is only 34% for 18-34 year olds. This figure means that if a journalist wanted to reach a younger audience, producing content for a smartphone may not have as big of an impact as content produced for a tablet/laptop would.