Journalism is changing and an uprise in citizen journalism is the reason

Social media is dominating the news world. Stories are breaking on social media through tweets and videos taken on mobile phones by the public. As a journalist this has both its perks and fall downs.

With the public having such a useful tool, contact with journalists is easy, making the stories easier to find, the days of being out searching for a story are practically over with citizen journalism taking over and finding the stories for those in the news business.

For photojournalists however the ease of taking a photo off social media doesn’t make there job easier but in fact practically renders it redundant.

With the publics photos and videos being easy to access, and able to be used quickly in breaking news situations that need to be aired quickly, the need to wait around for pictures from photojournalists is simply no longer there. Bringing back the argument of speed vs. accuracy, or in this case, speed vs. quality.

The need for bigger news companies also seems to be fading slowly with user generated content popping up everywhere, the ability for anyone to create a blog, start producing videos and content across a wide range of genres.

In a new generation aspects of journalism can be found across the internet.

Stuck in an Echo chamber

Social media is continually growing; with new apps and websites being developed and released on a daily basis, and existing ones continually undergoing updates to advance. During this, more and more people are joining social media sites, with Facebook now having a count of 1 billion users accessing the website or app every day, and Twitter with 134 million daily users.

Social media is now one of the fastest ways a person can access information and news, as and when it happens. Generally when following accounts and accessing websites we will only do so if they are relevant to our interests and views. Just as we would do when associating with people in every day life, outside the virtual society of twitter and Facebook.

The ease of finding content relevant to us, is now easier than ever, with information from past browsing history, being used as a tool for social media sites to suggest content and accounts we would most likely be interested in. Here is where an issue arises however, with filters aiming to provide ease when surfing social media but instead putting up barriers to content that may clash or disagree with what the user supports. We become accustomed to seeing one side of something, only being exposed to content that matches our own personal views, meaning we run the risk of a narrow-minded approach not just online but also in real life.

Political issues in particular seem to show this trend, with people only following accounts and pages relating to there own political views. Putting up a wall from them seeing the opposing views of different political parties.

Breaking out of the circle of these echo chambers and filter bubbles means having a greater understanding off all areas of every day life and discussion, be that political, philosophical or just general.