In the 21st century, when technology is becoming rapidly more advanced, the web stands in the centre of these developments. Each field has felt its impact more or less, but among those transformed by it, is journalism. Text, audio, video, pictures, all find their place on this platform, making journalists’ job easier in some aspects, but more complicated in others. They also face competition by amateurs, who thanks to Web 2.0 can produce their own content online.
During my Multimedia course, I learned that online journalism has higher potential than expected. Not only does the Internet provide all content, available on other platforms, it often combines it to create something unique, in cases like the previously reviewed One in 8 Million. Another important aspect of online journalism is engaging with the audience. Online newspapers often allow comments, and this is the way to the future. Nowadays, creating content to be viewed by the public without taking into account their opinion is not acceptable. Comment sections, however, are not the only place, where journalists and readers/viewers can exchange views. Social networks provide an amazing opportunity to engage the audience and also promote new material. Curation and gathering of new news sources is also available through Twitter and Facebook. Nevertheless, there can always be complications. Two of many, which I see as most dangerous to the professionalism of every journalist, are the verification of news found online and getting into arguments with readers. However, some go as far as suggesting, that even having a simple conversation with readers about an article means journalists have an opinion and lose their objectivity in the eyes of the audience. I do not agree with this statement. Passive consuming can be more misleading in the long term, as there is no way for the readers to ask questions about something that is not clear or criticize. Nonetheless, arguments are not productive for either side.
Technical complications also exist, as the web is an ever-evolving platform. Mobile devices and tablets change the way readers view content today, in the near future a new innovation will emerge. Web journalists have to adapt to all these changes, which makes online journalism a serious challenge.
Overall, I believe that online journalism is the future. It is not just simple reporting; it’s being creative and exploring not only the capabilities of new technology, but one’s own. It is not without risk, but as this is my chosen platform and field for the future, I am ready for evolving along with the web and learning how to integrate new tools in my work and present the best content possible.