Our lecture this week from Marcus O’Donnell discussed the recent changes in the journalism landscape and industry, particularly in relation to the cases of Wikileaks, News of the World and the move to alternative media. These catalyst cases show the importance and danger in investigative reporting and ethics in journalism in a changing media landscape.
In my own day to day life, what I choose to consume in the media reflects the trend away from mainstream, print news to alternative sources. In an average day I will spend 6+ hours on twitter, blogs and forums. The blogs and tweets I read are from non-professionals such as myself, and will influence and inform me on world and local issues. As technology grows, I have definitely shifted from traditional news such as the Saturday Sydney Morning Herald to my favourtite blogs, twitter and shows like The Colbert Report for my news.
Incidents like News of the World have made audiences more critical of the news they consume and has caused an increase in alternative media and stories, as the demand for a diversification of ideas by audiences grows.
In the tutorial we discussed the problems we as students recognised in the mainstream media we consume, such as bias, portrayal of stereotypes and minorities and the selection and rejection of particular news stories. As the reading stated, there is no longer a passive audience, but active, critical producers and co-producers of media, a reality of the changing media landscape, changing societal values and technology, that media practitioners must adapt to and utilize to create the news and stories the audience demands.
Extended feature on the future of journalism and media on Crikey.
Feature articles and opinions on social media, media ownership and professions in journalism and media.
Quandt, T (2011) ‘Understanding a new phenomenon: the significance of participatory journalism’ Chapter 9 in Hermida et al Participatory Journalism, Wiley Blackwell pp155-176