The New Age of Journalism


Journalism has changed drastically since its’ beginning. According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, a Journalist is “a writer who aims at a mass medium” or “a person who keeps a journal.” The thing is, that journalists are no longer just “writers”, and simply keeping a journal really doesn’t make you a “journalist”.

Bloggers are interesting because blogs truly combine these two definitions. A blog is many times equivalent to what people would be writing in a journal or a diary. The difference is the fact that, just like the definition of “journalist”, bloggers want to share this writing with a mass medium. The other difference is that the blog readers get to interact with the blogger and other readers. Bouncing thoughts and ideas off of each other add to the journalism experience a layer that was never there with traditional journalism. Robert Niles wrote a great article on how important this audience is, in “Newspaper columnists ought to be the perfect bloggers. So why aren’t more doing it well?“.

What this definition lacks is that most people who consider themselves journalists, generally cover the news. Once, in class I even has a Professor laugh at a girl who after saying she wanted to be a journalist, said that she wanted to be an anchor on E! News. This is what separates old journalism from new journalism.

Many journalists who have been in the field for years only look at hard hitting news, many of which appears in newspapers, as actual journalism.

Younger journalists look at journalism completely differently. Anyone spreading information could be a journalist, and journalism isn’t limited to written words. It can be a reporter on television, or a photographer with a flickr account, or even anyone who starts up a blog. Journalism can be as versatile as the journalist wants to be.

Versatility is quickly becoming expected from employers though. The journalists that are getting hired are the ones that are multitalented. They can research, deliver, edit, take pictures, take video, create a webpage, the new age journalist needs to be able to it all.

On top of all of these skills, is what the journalist has interest in. Journalism used to just be news. Now it is vast in options. Anything one can write about, make videos about, or take pictures of, can become the journalist medium.

Adding your opinion, like many do in blogs, is also what make the new age of journalism interesting. In “Blogging Between the Lines,” Dana Hull expresses how these opinions add spice to how we now get our information.

All of this new takes on journalism make it much richer and interesting than it once was.


4 thoughts on “The New Age of Journalism

  1. I like the different approaches you took to the changing definition of journalism. Journalism is changing with technology and isn’t just about print anymore and I think that is very important for the older generation to try to understand. This is creating a gap between old school journalists and fresh out of college journalists when the two should be learning from each other. Good job, Azalee!

  2. I agree with you that all of the different mediums we now have to connect with our audience will make journalism a more interesting experience then it once was. This also provides for a lot of clutter and higher potential for misinformation. Like you stated, any one can now be a journalist.

  3. Interesting point on how blogging gives a journalist a little more freedom on using his or her opinion into their articles. That’s usually such a big “no-no” but with a blog, it’s a much more personalized realm of writing, even if it’s a news blog, so there’s more room for wiggle on rules like that.

  4. Hi, Azalee,

    I totally agree with you! The definition of what it means to be a journalist has changed. Some have learn to change with the new definitions…and some have not.

    We not longer have the luxury of being a “specialist,” only researching, only writing, only editing, only taking photos. We have to be everything…and good at everything.

    Technology changes the game completely as well. We’re able to perform our work from anywhere and anytime. With blogs, social media, smartphone technology, and more, we can be the entire newsroom!

    Thank you for your post.

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