Course Reflection for Final Exam

From this course, I have learned how journalism as a whole is changing in the 21st century and mostly due to digital journalism. There is a wide variety of digital media outlets that allows journalists to reach their audiences digitally. Journalists use media outlets to reach a wider audience as more people today tend to turn to the internet for their news rather than reading it in the newspapers. Our guest speakers Glen Burkins’, Joey Bunch, and Corey Inscoe, who all are digital journalists, expressed to us that newspapers are on the verge of extinction in the 21st century because of everyone turning to the internet as their news source.
Digital journalism is different from traditional journalism as it allows you to reach a diverse audience. With traditional journalism, a journalist who works for a newspaper only really reaches the audience of that city. With digital journalism, a journalist has a much wider and more diverse audience. This can be a good and bad thing. Sure it’s good that the journalist is reaching a bigger audience, but with digital journalism that wider audience means more critics. With traditional journalism, if someone were to disagree with a journalist they use to have to mail in a letter to the editor to critique the journalist. With digital journalism, any readers who disagree with a journalist can simply comment their criticism. The more comments could lead to more clicks and allow the journalists’ article to go viral. If the comments are good it can be a good thing, if the comments are bad and the article starts trending in a negative way it can hurt the journalists’ reputation. With digital journalism, visuals can be provided more than in traditional journalism. The journalist can attach visuals from other sources and provide links to videos and such. A visual is what is going to attract an audience or make the article more appealing. Readers desire visuals to better understand the content.
A great way for a journalist to enhance their coverage of news outlets are blogs. Blogs help build audiences, build community, publish outside traditional news formats, publish traditional news cycle, allows quick feedback, share links to other cites, etc. Another way to add to news coverage is to use Web 2.0, which is a second stage development of the World Wide Web and is characterized by change of web pages to user-generated content. For example, feedreader allows subscribers to be alerted to changing content on a website.
Citizen journalism can be a good thing as it allows for news to travel faster and to a broader audience. It can also be a bad thing because it allows people who are not actually journalists to deliver “fake news” and with audiences being unaware of what’s true and what isn’t, the fake news spreads. It can damage a journalists’ reputation as readers may see the citizen’s first and not believe a journalists’ article. It can also limit their audiences as the citizen journalists may steal audiences.


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