One of the most important changes in Journalism is the Social Media Revolution. While many people view the Digital Era as the kiss of death, I see it as the beginning of a new era in journalism. With the change in technology, it has never been easier to share the news with people all around the globe. It has never been easier to communicate and interact with others than in the era we are now. I think we can all thank social media and the internet for that.
Twitter, Snapchat’s “Discover”, Facebook, and Vlogging have completely revolutionized journalism as we know it. Yes, our attentions spans are short. Yes, we want to read about topics we choose, but we also want breaking news as soon as it happens. We don’t have the patience to wait for a newspaper, or even a digital paper. There has been a new trend called, “Live Blogging.”
“On fast-moving stories, live blogs give the ability to post significant developments quickly – more quickly than editing and re-editing a news article.” (The Guardian 2011)
“You are more or less providing readers with raw material rather than telling them a story. You also tend to get swept up in the rush of events, and don’t have nearly as much time as you’d like to think about what’s happening and make connections, or write any sort of news analysis.”
-Robert Mackey, the New York Times
I believe Live Blogs are best noted on Twitter. During large or important events, news sources “live tweet” with trending topics to keep the audience aware of what is going on in the world. I think this is a new delivery system that we will have to watch out for. My concern here is newspapers and news articles seem to be wrapped up in advertising dollars; however, platforms like Snapchat and Twitter have remained ad-less. I wonder if this shift in technology will change that.