I think one of the biggest trends we will start seeing is Micro Journalism. Our attention span in today’s 21st century society has become greatly reduced. This can be seen with sites such as Twitter, Vine, and even Snapchat. We want to see, learn, know things, but not if it takes up an excess of time. Twitter is a Microblog that many news sources utilize, but you only have 140 characters. Snapchat now has ‘Discover’ which are features ‘news’ articles, but the videos will only last you 10 seconds. I believe this says a great deal about our society.
Blogging is a great tool, but today we don’t have the attention span that we used to. We want everything here and now so, “microblogging sites, especially Twitter, are beginning to leave their mark on the news industry…”, as said in Business Insider. Felix Salmon, financial journalist and blogger for Reuters, observes, Twitter has “given journalists a much more human voice…” This is something we, as a society are interested in. We want to know our journalists, but we don’t want to read over 140 characters. We want news reports as soon as they happen, without political bias. We want live tweeting and reporting.
There are even apps coming out that are catering specifically to attention spans, such as News on Demand. Beuth, journalist and the creator of this app, said News On Demand is designed with “the anti-news junkie” in mind: someone who is interested in keeping up with the news, but has neither the time nor the inclination to follow a constant stream of information on news sites or social media.
These are some future trends that are happening and that we can anticipate, and I believe we aren’t going to be seeing he last of these trends. We should keep an eye out for journalism era in the future, especially for the news reader on the go.